STUDENTS FROM Chicago’s Lakeview High School have written an open letter to Chance The Rapper following his $1 million donation to Chicago Public Schools.
The open letter, published in Billboard, was filled with their gratitude for the Grammy Award-winner’s generous act.
“We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids,” 10th graders Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, Annelisse Betancourt wrote. “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you.”
“Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all,” they went on. “There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes,” they wrote “You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”
They also included why Chance inspires their own lives: “You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life. You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city.”
The Coloring Book rapper replied on Twitter: “I appreciate you guys, and you’ll be happy to know the work has only just started. Huge things to come over the next 2weeks.”
The Chicago native and CPS graduate, real name Chancellor Bennett, announced his donation on March 6, three days after a Friday meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss CPS funding. Chance called that meeting “vague” and “unsuccessful” before announcing his $1 million donation and calling on others to do the same.
He also announced that for every $100,000 donated by individuals and corporations, he would give $10,000 to individual CPS schools.