What would you do with one million dollars? Would you buy a new car or a bigger house? Would you go on a luxury vacation or go on a shopping spree for all the clothes you could ever need?
I guess Chance the Rapper is a little less selfish than the rest of us, because he announced on Monday that he will donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools Foundation “for arts and enrichment programming.”
Chance the Rapper is a native of the “Windy City,” who spent his childhood in the South Side neighborhood of West Chatham, probably busting some serious rhymes on the playground during recess. He attended Westcott Elementary School, and went back to his roots on Monday to present a gigantic check to the current students there.
The musician met with the Governor of Illinois, Bruce Rauner, to discuss the consequences public schools are facing due to the lack of state funding they receive. Some schools must lay off employees, cut certain programs or shorten the school year itself. Of course Chance couldn’t stand to let that happen like that, however he stated the his talks with the government were “unsuccessful” but he remains optimistic about the future.
Chance urged others to join in his fight to “take care of Chicago kids. With the stroke of the pen, the governor has the power to change that,” he said. “This isn’t about politics. This isn’t about posturing. Everybody and they momma knows about what’s going on in Chicago,” he said referencing the record-high murder rate. “It’s constantly talked about. But we’re about to enhance the conversation. As a private citizen, as a parent and as a product of CPS, I’m asking that you guys join and fight with me, organize with me, mobilize with me, for the interest of the children of Chicago. This is the very beginning.”
I think this may have something to do with his pronounced love for his young daughter, Kensli
I’m just hoping we hear a song about this!