Michelle Obama Praises Chance The Rapper’s Donation to Chicago Schools
Chance The Rapper has received high praise from former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama after pledging $1 million to public schools in their native Chicago, Illinois. The “No Problem” hitmaker announced the generous donation on Monday, three days after he was left “disappointed” following a meeting about the city’s cash-strapped education system with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner on Friday.
In addition to the $1 million pledge, Chance also revealed he will be cutting $10,000 cheques to select schools in the Chicago area for every $100,000 raised on the CPS Social Works crowdsourcing website he set up as part of his new initiative. Michelle Obama took note of Chance’s hard work and dedication to the children of Chicago and publicly applauded him for his efforts in a post on Twitter.
“Thanks (Chance The Rapper) for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much,” she wrote. “You are an example of the power of arts education.” The 23-year-old has yet to publicly respond to the compliment, but he was clearly proud of the message as he reposted a news article about Obama‘s tweet on his social media page. Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, has also expressed his gratitude to other celebrities who have donated to the CPS Social Works fundraiser. In a pair of tweets on Tuesday, he thanked both Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun and comedian Hannibal Buress for “investing in the kids.”
Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) March 6, 2017