“You’re More Than Just an Artist to Us” Chicago Public School Students Just Made Us Sob With A Heartfelt Note To Chance The Rapper

If you turn on the news right now, the city of Chicago is being depicted as a literal war zone. From homicides that are killing both adults and babies to a crumbling school system, the Midwestern city appears nearly beyond repair.

However, Chance the Rapper who was born and raised out the South Side of Chicago isn’t giving up on his city yet. Earlier this month, after a frustrating meeting with Illinois Governer Bruce Rauner about the lack of funds for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), Chance announced that he would be taking matters into his own hands.

On March 6th, the Grammy award winner upheld his promise and donated $1 million dollars to CPS. The funds will go to some of the city’s poorest and worst-performing schools. A product of CPS himself, Chance seems to understand how important education is to bridge the gap between poverty and opportunity.

Though Chance’s donation has been met with praise from everyone from Michelle Obama to members of the entertainment industry, Chicago Public School students themselves are finally getting their own opportunity to say thank you.

Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse Betancourt, all tenth graders at Lake View High school in Chicago wrote an open letter to Chance which was published on Billboard yesterday. In the letter, they praised the 23-year old rapper for being “one of the few that really give back” to Chicago. They also told him, “You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life.”

Read the entire heartfelt letter here.

Chance has responded to the letter with his appreciation, and he also promised the students that he’s just getting started.

Here’s to hoping that Chance’s actions motivate others who are able to give back to people who need it most.