Published On: Thu, Sep 28th, 2017

Musician and actor Common visits the Renaissance School of the Arts as Ambassador for AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores

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Musician and actor Common visits the Renaissance School of the Arts as Ambassador for AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores

NEW YORK — Oscar and Grammy winner Common surprised a group of New York students by donating $10,000 to help their teachers buy supplies like calculators and science kits.

The rapper-actor partnered with the nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org and Burlington Stores to give Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem the funds on Thursday. Students cheered loudly after they learned the musician was at their school.

“I always felt like one of my biggest duties and purposes is to hit the youth with something that’s inspiring, hit young people with something that can motivate them to be in their greatness,” Common, 45, said in an interview with The Associated Press after the event.

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