A little more than a week ago, Grammy award-winning rapper and Chicago native Chance The Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
Now, in a heartfelt letter, the students are giving thanks to the Coloring Book musician for his generosity.
In an open letter to Chance The Rapper posted on Billboard early Wednesday, three CPS 10th graders who attend Lake View High thanked him for his continued support.
“After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well,” students Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros and Annelisse Betancourt. “If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.”
Before announcing his donation, Chance The Rapper met with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner to talk about increasing funding for CPS.
“Gov. Rauner can use his executive power to give Chicago’s children the resources they need to fulfill their God-given right to learn,” Chance explained during a press conference announcing the donation on Mar. 6. “The governor gave me a lot of vague answers in our meeting and has since called me over the weekend. Our talks were unsuccessful. Gov. Rauner still won’t commit to giving Chicago’s kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums.”
“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,” the students continued. “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.”
In response to the letter, Chance posted the following tweet early Wednesday:
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. https://t.co/tplZMMW9DS
— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) March 15, 2017
“You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life,” the students continued. “[…] We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about kids.”