Drake Donates $75,000 to Philly High School
What good is “Young Money” if you don’t share it, right?
Rapper, Drake, recently showed his charitable side by donating funds to help build a recording studio at Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia.
He decided to give back after watching an ABC special on the school documenting its historical struggle with violence and budget issues. The school is one of the poorest and most dangerous in its neighborhood.
Back in 2013, Drake visited Philadelphia for a concert tour and invited members of the high school to a private gathering before the show. Afterwards, he announced his plans to gift a recording studio to their school.
The $75,000 was donated by the artist to help create studio space. Though the studio was finished last summer, Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman stated that since the school had such a bad reputation for violence and money issues, it was difficult to find a music instructor that was willing to teach.
The studio space has new equipment such as keyboards, acoustical accessories, and sound boards. Drake’s crew worked on the studio over the summer. Principal Cliatt-Wayman explained that the equipment is not fancy or expensive but offers basic music technology that students may not have elsewhere.
The recording studio is now completely finished with an active instructor at Strawberry Mansion High School.
Over 50 students have signed up to use the recording studio. Cliatt-Wayman says the studio gives students a reason to come to school and has increased school attendance. She went on to explain that giving students an outlet to express themselves in an academic setting is very important.
Isn’t Drake the sweetest?