A round of applause is in order for the 6 God.
The Grammy-winning rapper donated $75,000 to Strawberry Mansion High School in Philadelphia, which was used to create a studio for students. The studio was finished last summer, but due to budget issues, and the school’s reputation for violence, it was difficult to find an instructor for the music program.
According to the Huffington Post, Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman, announced they were able to hire a part-time teacher, Ben Diamond, who arrived in early February.
“We thought we were going to be ready to go in September. They’ve been dying to get in to the studio, said Wayman about the students.
The 28-year old got involved with Strawberry Mansion High School after ABC News aired a special about school officials attempting a tough love approach on their students to help improve the school. The high school serves one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Since Wayman arrived at the campus, assaults have dropped drastically, but there are still issues with academics and resources.
Drake invited the campus community to a private gathering before one of his shows in Philly in October 2013 to surprise them with the news of the studio.
“This is about you. This about your principal. This about your future,” said Drake to the students. “I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”
Students have already began working together in the studio and recording songs within the first few days of entering. The equipment isn’t fancy or expensive, but the students are thankful for Drake’s generosity.
It’s safe to say they’re wayyyyy up, they’ve been blessed. Good looks, Drake.