Drake Donates Recording Studio To Philadelphia High School: ‘I Want To See You Scceed’
Drake donated $75K to help build a recording studio in Strawberry Mansion High School located in Philadelphia. Principal Linda Cliatt-Wayman explained how they have been struggling with budgeting issues and a bad reputation of having high amounts of violence in the school, so it was difficult to get the proper funding for the studio they wanted to put in.
Drake became involved after ABC News aired a program focusing on Wayman’s tough-love efforts to improve the school, which serves one of the city’s poorest and most dangerous neighborhoods. Campus assaults have dropped dramatically since Wayman arrived two years ago, but academics and resources remain a struggle. Less than a quarter of Strawberry Mansion students perform at grade level in math and reading.
When Drake came to Philadelphia during a concert tour in October 2013, he invited members of the school community to a private gathering before the show. There, he surprised them by announcing the gift.
“This is about you. This is about your principal. This is about your future,” Drake said as his guests screamed with joy. “I love you. I care about you. I want to see you succeed.”