Last week, Chance the Rapper announced he was donating $1 million to the public schools in his native Chicago. Now, three students from the city’s Lake View High School have published an open letter in Billboard commending the 23-year-old for his service to the community.
“As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well,” the students — Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse Betancourt — write. “This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.”
“There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back,” they continue. “It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. 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.”
Chance raps extensively about Chicago in his music and has repeatedly given back to the community. His third mixtape, 2016’s Coloring Book, earned him awards for Best New Artist and Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammys.
Head over to Billboard to read the students’ complete letter to Chance.