Meek Mill understands the importance of paying it forward. According to Complex, the Philly-born rapper took to his social media to reveal that he has teamed up with Puma to donate a year’s worth of supplies to 30 classrooms at his former elementary school, James G. Blaine Elementary. The giving didn’t stop there. Meek and Puma also surprised the kids with over 500 new backpacks filled with school supplies.
Meek made an appearance at the elementary school and distributed the bags and supplies in the school’s auditorium. “I wanted to stop here today, my elementary school that I grew up at... I just wanted to back and show my love and appreciation to my neighborhood,” he told students. “I want to give a shoutout to Puma for collaborating with me on school supplies and book bags... I came here to give the kids a message: Continue to chase your dreams.”
Donating supplies isn’t the only way Meek has given back to the community recently. It was announced last month that Meek was named one of the ambassadors for Roc Nation and the NFL’s Inspire Change campaign. The NFL’s Inspire Change campaign showcases how players, owners and the league work together to support “programs and initiatives that reduce barriers to opportunity,” NFL.com reports.
Meek also participated in the Songs of the Season initiative, where he, Rapsody and Meghan Trainer performed at the NFL Kickoff Event in Chicago on Sept. 5. A portion of Meek and Meghan’s performances aired during a 40-minute pre-televised game.
Meek has kept his momentum by rolling out new ventures and partnerships. Back in June, Meek announced that he was partnering with JAY-Z’s Roc Nation to launch his Dream Chasers record label. “I think it’s time for me to dive into the business. I’m 32 years old, I’m in a nice spot in the music business and I can help artists,” Meek said at the time.
The Philly rapper also became co-owner of Lids Sports Apparel, the largest North American hat retailer. “I’ve been shopping at Lids my whole life, wearing hats, fitteds, of course, fitted hats and caps, all types of hats,” Meek told Business Insider. “In our culture, it’s been a big thing. So, it was something I ain’t have to think twice about and always believed in, that it’ll work.”
Check out Meek Mill donating supplies to his old elementary school below.