Rapper, actor, and activist Common is always giving back to the community whether it be with his music, protesting, or donating his time and money to great causes and initiatives he continues to be a positive force in our society and culture. The lyricist surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 dollars to help teachers raise money for supplies.
The students were beyond elated to find out that Common came to visit their school. Common was on-site with his mother, Dr. Mahalia Hines who is an educator and member of the Chicago Board of Education. Dr. Mahalia Hines said she remembered having to spend her own money to buy essential materials for her classroom and she isn’t the only teacher who has had to do this. Many teachers end up spending their own money on school supplies because the schools budget does not fulfill their necessary needs.
Common encouraged the students to keep their grades up and to persevere – in school and in life.
Great work Common and Dr. Mahalia Hines and shout out to all of the teachers out there who do whatever it takes to help their kids succeed!