Grammy Award winner Chance The Rapper announced Friday that he raised $2.2 million to help 20 Chicago Public Schools schools in Chicago.
He began raising the funds six months ago through his nonprofit Social Works. The organization has been collecting donations for Chicago Public Schools since it was formed last year.
Each school will receive $100,000 over the next three years, with budgeting and staffing guidance provided by CPS and Ingenuity. Funds will be held by the Children First Fund and principals will submit requests for purchases through the nonprofit organization.
Chance, a “parent and proud product of CPS,” said he is committed to helping Chicago children have quality learning experiences “that include the arts.”
“Over the past month, I’ve crisscrossed the city, from Chatham to Chinatown, Humboldt Park to Hyde Park, visiting students and one thing is clear: if we invest in Chicago’s children, we’ll change the world,” the award-winning rapper said in a press release.
The schools are:
Ambrose Plamondon Elementary
Mireles Elementary Academy
C.E. Hughes Elementary
Edmond Burke Elementary
Edward White Career Academy
Greenleaf Whittier Elementary
Mahalia Jackson Elementary
Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School
Ninos Heroes Elementary
Orr Academy High School
Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary
Spry Community Links High School
W.K. New Sullivan Elementary
In March, the rapper, born and raised in Chatham, donated $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools for arts education.
Later than month, Chance’s nonprofit Social Works donated $10,000 to nine CPS schools.