Michelle Obama thanks Chance the Rapper for Chicago Public Schools donation


After Chance the Rapper donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools, former First Lady Michelle Obama took to Twitter to acknowledge the donation and thank him for it.

"Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much. You are an example of the power of arts education," she tweeted.

Chance, real name Chancelor Bennett, announced his million-dollar donation Monday afternoon during a press conference. The generous gift comes after a disappointing meeting with Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner about cuts to school funding, in which the Grammy-winning artist said the Republican governor provided "vague answers."

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GURNEE, IL - JUNE 21: Chance the Rapper attends the Great Wolf Lodge Illinois grand opening celebration at Great Wolf Lodge Illinois on June 21, 2018 in Gurnee, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Singer Chance the Rapper performs as a special guest on the Coachella stage during week 1, day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 15, 2018 in Indio, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images for Coachella)
SANTIAGO, CHILE - MARCH 17: Chance the Rapper performs during the second day of Lollapalooza Chile 2018 at Parque O'Higgins on March 17, 2018 in Santiago, Chile. (Photo by Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 11: Honoree Chance The Rapper, recipient of the Innovator Award, poses in the press room during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on TBS, TNT, and truTV at The Forum on March 11, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 18: Chance the Rapper hangs out at New Era All Star Event with Mike Will Made It and Rae Sremmurd on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Misha Vladimirskiy/WireImage)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- Episode 1731 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chance The Rapper during 'Opening Monologue' in Studio 8H on Saturday, November 18, 2017 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0771 -- Pictured: Chance the Rapper during an interview on November 16, 2017 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 20: Chance The Rapper performs at Camelback Stage during day 1 of the 2017 Lost Lake Festival on October 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 14: Chance the Rapper performs onstage during weekend two, day two of Austin City Limits Music Festival at Zilker Park on October 14, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Chance the Rapper during Monday's September 25, 2017 show. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Chance The Rapper performs on Downtown Stage during day 1 of the 2017 Life Is Beautiful Festival on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic )
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Chance The Rapper attends XQ Super School Live at The Barker Hanger on September 8, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 06: Chance The Rapper holds a press conference and donates $1 Million Dollars to the Chicago Public School Foundation at Westcott Elementary School on March 6, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Chance the Rapper (C) attends GQ Celebration of NBA All-Star Weekend 2017 at Ogden Museum Of Southern Art on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Tyler Kaufman/Getty Images for GQ)
CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 24: Chance the Rapper sits courtside during the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Chicago Bulls on February 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jeff Haynes/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Chance The Rapper arrives at the 59th GRAMMY Awards on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Chance The Rapper (center) and guests attend GQ and Chance The Rapper Celebrate the Grammys in Partnership with YouTube at Chateau Marmont on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GQ)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artist Chance the Rapper performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NARAS)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Recording artists Beyonce (L) and Chance the Rapper attend The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Singer Chance the Rapper performs onstage during the 2017 Pre-GRAMMY Gala And Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Debra Lee at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Chance the Rapper and DJ Khaled arrive at DJ Khaled's Special Announcement Press Conference at Beverly Hills Hotel on February 9, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Epic Records)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Casey Affleck' Episode 1714 -- Pictured: Musical guest Chance The Rapper performs on December 17, 2016 -- (Photo by: Will Heath/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 01: Chance the Rapper performs during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the Ellipse in President's Park on December 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 21: Chance the Rapper performs at Le Zenith on November 21, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff - Patrick/Redferns )
BERLIN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 16: Chance the Rapper performs live during a concert at the Columbiahalle on November 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Chance The Rapper performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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"As a CPS graduate, Chance has shown Chicago students not only the heights they can achieve but the generosity they can share," school district spokesperson Emily Bittner said in a statement. "We also appreciate his strong advocacy for Chicago schoolchildren, who suffer under the state's discriminatory system of funding, which Gov. Rauner continues to perpetuate."

The two Chicago natives both share a love for their community, and we hope to see more from both of them working toward a better future.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 20: First lady Michelle Obama (2R) waves standing with (L-R) Carolyn Reed of Denver, Colorado, Astrid Muhammad of North Carolina, Anthony Mendez of Bronx, New York and Dr. Jill Biden prior to U.S. President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech before members of Congress of the U.S. Capitol January 20, 2015 in Washington, DC. Obama was expected to lay out a broad agenda including attempts to address income inequality and making it easier for Americans to afford college education and child care. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Washington, DC - January 24: First Lady Michelle Obama waves to acknowledge applause as she joins her guests before President Barack Obama addresses a Joint Session of Congress while delivering his State of the Union speech, on January, 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledges applause pruior to US President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme Court on January 25, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 14: (L-R) U.S. President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and Rita Ora speak onstage at TNT Christmas in Washington 2014 at the National Building Museum on December 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. 25248_001_0620.JPG (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
US first lady Michelle Obama (L) and US President Barack Obama arrive for an event in the East Room of the White House December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama and the first lady welcomed recipients of the 37th Annual Kennedy Center Honors to the White House to celebrate their contributions to the arts. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 08: President Barack Obama (R) and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for a reception at the White House for the 2013 Kennedy Center Honorees on December 8, 2013 in Washington, DC. The honorees this year include: opera singer Martina Arroyo, jazz musician Herbie Hancock, musician Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and musician Carlos Santana. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
US First Lady Michelle Obama and US President Barack Obama arrive during an event in the East Room of the White House December 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama and US first lady Michelle Obama attended the event at the White House with the 2012 Kennedy Center Honorees before to celebrate their contribution to the arts before heading to the Kennedy Center for the honors program. AFP PHOTO/Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Washington, DC - December, 4: Guests arrive at the Kennedy Center for tonights honors awards with President Obama in attendance on December, 04, 2011 in Washington, DC. Pictured, First Lady Michelle Obama, right, and President Barack Obama, arrive in the Presidential box and greet the honorees including Yo Yo Ma, second left, and Meryl Streep, left. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama pose with French President Francois Hollande as he arrives for the State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: First Lady Michelle Obama speaks onstage at the The Grammy Museum's Jane Ortner Education Award luncheon at The Grammy Museum on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama onstage at the LULAC/NUVOtv Unity Luncheon With Jennifer Lopez at New York Hilton Midtown on July 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NUVOtv)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 6: From left, first lady Michelle Obama, President Barack Obama, and their daughters Sasha and Malia, wave to the crowd following the President's speech at the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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