Grammy Winner Donates to Chicago Public Schools

Chicago-born Chance the Rapper, winner of three 2017 Grammy Awards, recently held a press conference announcing his donation of $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Several days prior to the press conference, he spoke with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner regarding Rauner’s decision to overturn a ruling that would have increased funding for CPS. While the rapper was frustrated by this meeting, he said that the Governor’s inaction will not stop him from supporting the school system.

  "I’m challenging major companies in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and to take action. The students have spoken and would like corporations to invest in them as we have invested in their businesses." – Chance the Rapper

"I’m challenging major companies in Chicago and across the U.S. to donate and to take action. The students have spoken and would like corporations to invest in them as we have invested in their businesses." – Chance the Rapper

Citing his interest as a parent and as a product of Chicago schools, Chance explained that he wants to encourage others to donate to CPS, too. For every $100,000 raised, Chance’s non-profit organization Social Works will donate $10,000 to a Chicago public high school or elementary school.

At Elevate Teachers, we applaud Chance’s commitment to improving his city’s schools. We hope he succeeds in convincing others to invest in CPS and that his initiative spreads to other schools in the future.

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