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30,000 Chicago Students Going Back To School With Backpacks From Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper and His Company SocialWorks Donating 30,000 Backpacks To Chicago Youth

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Self made hip hop star Chance The Rapper shows off a STATE backpack. He and his company SocialWorks are donating 30,000 of these to Chicago area students (photo: SocialWorks)

Growing up going to school with a rip and tattered backpack or no backpack at all is a reality for so many students across the country. In Chicago, Chance The Rapper’s hometown, he knew that experience all too well. The 24 year old, self made, hip hop star has vowed to look out for his hometown as he climbs the celebrity ladder, he’s come through time and time again for youth in Chicago, specifically those in public school.

Back in March, Chance, who’s real name is Chancelor Bennett, set up a meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss increasing budget cuts to Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Disappointed with the results Chance quickly took matters into his own hands by donating $1 million dollars of his own money to the public school system.

Earlier this summer Chance and SocialWorks teamed up with Chicago startup LANDR to offer free audio mastering classes to kids, a relationship that continues today to help further music education with Chicago’s youth.

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(photo: SocialWorks)

Today, Social Works and Chance The Rapper announced that they were teaming up with STATE Bags to donate and distribute over 30,000 backpacks for Chicago students to have for back to school. Through their month long partnership, Chance, SocialWorks and STATE Bags hope to drive excitement for education and going back to school. They also want to make sure that as many kids as possible are equipped with the tools they need for success.

Chance hinted that this unique partnership for backpacks may not be the only way SocialWorks helps the kids of Chicago Public Schools this year.

“Due to a lack of political leadership by the state and city on the topic of education, SocialWorks will begin to take initiative during the 2017-18 school year to ease some of the immense pressure put on teachers, students and parents. We admire the work we’ve seen by STATE and are proud to partner with them as we work towards enhancing education and the conversation around funding formulas nationally” Chance the Rapper, said in a statement

“We’ve donated STATE backpacks across the country, and decided to dedicate our entire back to school giving efforts to the kids of Chicago this year,” says STATE Co-Founder, Scot Tatelman. “The recent violence in Chicago has created a narrative draped in negativity. We’re looking to show support and shine a light on the incredible and resilient kids living within these embattled communities, and are so honored to team up with Chance the Rapper and SocialWorks in their mission to level the playing field.”

STATE is a buy one give one bag brand modeled similarly to Tom’s brand shoes where every time one of their backpacks is purchased another one is donated to a student in need. Earlier this week STATE partnered with the Chicago White Sox for a backpack drop yielding hundreds of backpacks for kids in the Boys & Girls clubs.

You can find out more about this unique partnership, here.