Chance the Rapper raises $2.2M for 20 CPS schools

CHICAGO –  A big announcement from Chicago's very own Chance the Rapper came Friday.

At the Harold Washington Cultural Center in Bronzeville, he unveiled the 20 schools that will benefit from his New Chance Fund.

The Grammy award winning rapper raised $2.2 million dollars in six months to boost arts education in Chicago Public Schools.

Each of the 20 schools will receive $100,000 over the next three years.

“Funding education is the most important investment a community can make,” Chance the Rapper said.

Principals from the winning schools and CPS students cheered the announcement, ahead of the first day of school on Tuesday.

Chance the Rapper said he is already securing funds to help support more Chicago schools next year.

The 20 schools receiving the money are:

Ambrose Plamondon Elementary
Mireles Elementary Academy
C.E. Hughes Elementary
Edmond Burke Elementary
Edward White Career Academy
Esmond Elementary
Corliss High School
Aldridge Elementary
Fiske Elementary
Greenleaf Whittier Elementary
Beethoven Elementary
Mahalia Jackson Elementary
Michele Clark Academic Prep Magnet High School
Ninos Heroes Elementary
Orr Academy High School
Oglesby Elementary
Robert A. Black Magnet Elementary
Dett Elementary
Spry Community Links High School
W.K. New Sullivan Elementary

In August, Chance the Rapper, along with Social Works Chi and State Bags donated 30,000 backpacks at the Bud Billiken Parade.