"You Are A Way Of Life": Chicago Students Pen Heartfelt Open Letter To Chance The Rapper

"You Are A Way Of Life": Chicago Students Pen Heartfelt Open Letter To Chance The Rapper

His actions aren’t just for PR; everyone knows that Chance the Rapper actually cares for and loves the city of Chicago.

Well, some of his younger fans wanted to let him know they appreciate everything he’s done for the city, so they penned an open letter to the Grammy winner that’ll make your heart swell.

Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros and Annelisse Betancourt are Hispanic students from Lake View High School, and as such are on the receiving end of Chance’s recent $1 million contribution to the Chicago Public School system. That seems to be what spurred the letter, which opens, “We as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and 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.”

But as the three 10th graders are quick to point out, “This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.”

They cite Chance’s pressuring of other local celebrities, i.e. Derrick Rose, to help the community, as well as all the free concerts and shows he puts on in the area.

It’s not all sunshine and rainbows; the students also reference Chicago’s startling crime statistics. “A person is shot every 2 hours and 48 minutes. A person is murdered every 14 hours and 27 minutes,” according to the note, but a few years back Chance was a major player in the #SaveChicago campaign, which halted all gun violence in the city for 42 hours.

The letter garnered widespread attention after Billboard published it, and Chance has seen it since. He tweeted a short response, and provided a little teaser of more positivity in the near future:

It’s fair to say the world would be a better place if more influential celebs were like Chance.

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