expressed their gratitude in a letter posted on Billboard, thanking the lyricist for kickstarting the movement to save their schools.

“After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well,” said 10th graders Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros and Annelisse Betancourt. “If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.”

After a messy political struggle, Chicago’s school districts are struggling with a $215 million budget shortage and may be forced to cut summer school and the last three weeks of the school year—because they simply can’t afford to stay open.

Chance’s gift to students shows them that someone is invested in their education, even if it isn’t Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner.

“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,” a student wrote. “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.”

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