Rapper Drake Gives Big to Philly School

By Jared Shelly | Philadelphia Business Journal
|  Monday, Dec 9, 2013  |  Updated 10:17 AM EDT
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Rapper Drake Gives Big to Philly School

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Recording artist Drake will be at the XL Center in Hartford with Miguel & Future on Saturday, Oct. 26.

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Strawberry Mansion High School had been among the roughest in the country. Of the student body, 96 percent live in poverty.

The school, and its unbelievably positive Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman, was featured on a Diane Sawyer television special called "Hidden America." It showed how just one parent came to parent-teacher conferences. For the whole school.

It showed the frequent fights in the lunchroom. It showed Cliatt-Wayman trying to give the students hope by telling them over the loudspeaker each day that she loves the kids -- even if they won't hear it from anybody else in their lives.

The popular rapper Drake was so moved by the special that he promised to build a recording studio there, according to this article from Forbes. Read more about this story at PBJ.com

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