Chance the Rapper presented a novelty-sized check for one million dollars to the Chicago Public Schools as a call to action to Chicago businesses and the philanthropic community, according to a March 15, 2017 article in the Chicago Tribune. The rapper’s donation inspired Chicago students to write a thank-you letter, according to a March 15, 2017 article on Billboard.
Three Hispanic tenth graders from Lakeview School in Chicago penned an open letter to Chance, thanking him for the donation and for his efforts to motivate others to donate to the cash-strapped schools.They also stated their concerns about violence, shootings and the high murder rate in Chicago.
“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.”
The students also praised the rapper for other things he does for the city, such as giving free concerts. The students wrote, “All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed. All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn’t changed you.”
The letter was signed by Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse Betancourt; Lake View High School Students in Chicago, Illinois.
In order to read the entire letter, see Billboard.