After receiving thanks from former First Lady Michelle Obama herself, Chance the Rapper is being shown gratitude from Chicago's own students after donating $1 million to the city's public school system. And he's returning the love.
In an open letter to Chance, three Hispanic 10th graders from Lake View High School showed their appreciation for his altruistic influence, inspiration, and aid. They wrote:
"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....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....There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back....It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us....You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good....Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made."
Chance made sure that their words didn't go unnoticed, responding publicly via Twitter and promising even more positive changes for the city.
I appreciate you guys, and you'll be happy to know the work has only just started. Huge things to come over the next 2weeks. https://t.co/tplZMMW9DS— The Big Day out now (@chancetherapper) March 15, 2017
Read the full letter here.