March 16 (UPI) — Three Chicago public school students have penned an open letter to Chance the Rapper to thank him for his recent $1 million donation.
“First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools,” began 10th graders Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse Betancourt of Lake View High School.
“As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago,” they continued.
“There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back. It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions.”
“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. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good.”
“Once again, thank you for aiding us and giving something back to the city we know and love, Chicago,” they concluded.
In response to the letter, Chance wrote 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.”
Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, had donated $1 million to Chicago public schools after meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner who vetoed a $215 million funding bill that schools in Chicago were counting on.
“Our kids should not be held hostage because of political position,” Chance said during a press conference. “Gov. Rauner, do your job.”
The donation caught the attention of former first lady Michelle Obama who wrote on Twitter, “Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.”