Meek Mill is giving back to his Philadelphia community just in time for the back-to-school season.
He didn’t have an easy childhood as together with his sister and mother were living in poverty after his dad was killed when he was just 5 years old. Now after climbing out from the streets, he has decided to give something back to the community in order to help kids face the same life he did.
The 31-year-old rapper is donating 6,000 backpacks and school supplies to low-income students at 12 schools in the neighborhood.
“Growing up in Philly, I’ve watched families struggle to make ends meet and buy basic school supplies for their kids,” Meek Mill said in a statement.
“Those memories stay with me and that’s why I’m committed to giving back to families in my hometown, putting smiles on kids’ faces and helping them start the school year on the right note with the right supplies,” he continued.
The lyricist visited his alma mater, James G. Blaine Elementary School, to personally hand out the supplies to students on Wednesday.
“I’m also a native of North Philadelphia, so to have [Meek Mill] come back and be a model of what it is to work hard and make your dreams come true, as you can see, it’s exciting for the students,” Assistant Superintendent Amelia Coleman Brown told Philly.com. “It’s great motivation to start the school year.”
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