Rapper Cardi B paid a visit to the Bronx campus of her old middle school and left a sizable donation for the arts.
The Grammy-winning rapper shocked the Morris Heights, IS 232 pupils on Tuesday as they were assembled in the auditorium. The youngsters cheered in shock as she walked down the aisle. She then spoke to the pupils about the significance of her time at the school.
“A lot of the teachers were really tough on me because they saw something in me,” she said. “I was like a bad kid, but I was very special to a lot of these teachers and I still got them in my heart.”
Cardi also shocked the students and IS 232 Principal Desiree Resto by announcing a $100,000 donation to her alma mater’s arts programs.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cardi B back home to IS 232 #InTheBronx, and we are so grateful for her generous contribution to her alma mater,” Schools Chancellor David Banks tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “Cardi B’s commitment of $100K for the arts will help the school’s kids soar to their highest heights. Thank you, Cardi!”
The Bronx native answered students’ questions after making her announcement and posed for a group photo with the pupils and faculty.
Cardi revealed in a video she shared on Wednesday that COVID-19 forced her to postpone her visit to pupils, even though she had planned to surprise them sooner. She announced that she will be visiting additional schools in Brooklyn and Queens and that she would soon be making an announcement about a project she has been working on in secret for the past two years.
“This middle school, IS 232 in the Bronx, has a very special place in my heart!! It turned me from an 11 year old girl into a little teenage adult,” she wrote on Instagram. “Kids in the Bronx have to grow up quickly do to our circumstances and our environment. While some young teens like around 11-13 still live in that Disney world, these kids have to grow up fast and QUICK. Like a lot of these kids i went thru so much while I was going to school here. Experiences that changed me forever and made me who I am today.”
She added that she hopes her donation “can help create an amazing after school program that will help kids stay out the streets or a troubled home and most importantly allow them to learn something that they can take with them through LIFE.”