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Chance The Rapper Raises $2.2 Million For 20 CPS Schools

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

Esmond Elementary

Aldridge Elementary

Fiske Elementary

Greenleaf Whittier Elementary

Beethoven Elementary

Mahalia Jackson Elementary

Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School

Ninos Heroes Elementary

Orr Academy High School

Oglesby Elementary

Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary

Dett 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.  


By Andrea V. Watson