• Kamari Jordan

Chance the Rapper: Chicago’s Hero

Students at a South Shore School were in for a big surprise during their coding class. Chance stood with Google executives to announce a $1.5 million donation to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and Chance’s arts education nonprofit, SocialWorks. This is the second time in three weeks that the Chicago rapper has announced a large donation by visiting a school.

Last month, Chance visited Clark High School to announce that Jewel-Osco would be making a $1 million donation to his arts education fund. Since March, Chance has raised $2.5 million for CPS. In October, Chance also partnered with transportation network company Lyft, passengers were given the option to round up their fare to the next dollar and have the proceeds donated to CPS. CPS announced all schools from Kindergarten to 12th grade will have computer science classes within the next decade. CPS is spending much of the money on computer science because they believe students will need skills in coding, analytical thinking, and creative problem solving in the workplace.

Google also offered a tutorial on coding and taught the kids to animate on laptops. During Chance’s visit, he shared his own animation that he created with the same program. Chance wanted to inspire a new generation of coders. One of the 5th grade girls involved in Google’s tutorial said it was great to see a celebrity in her school because she had never seen someone famous in person. She also said that this coding class gave her another career option, if she decides that she doesn’t want to become a doctor or lawyer.

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