Not surprisingly, there was a lot of excitement at Alcott College Prep on Tuesday as music superstars Ludacris and Chance the Rapper surprised the students during an all-school assembly. The entertainment biggies were on hand as part of an announcement noting Chicago ranked No. 1 in sign-ups of the low-cost Internet Essential program.
The rappers also were there in connection with the kickoff of the citywide “Get Schooled, Get Connected Challenge,” running from March 16 to May 22. Chicago Public School students completed more than 50,000 quests during the first three-month challenge that ended in January.
Prizes the kids compete for include scholarships, concert and sports tickets, laptops, VIP meet-and-greets, athletic apparel and other items. Schools with the most student points in the various quests are awarded support from Internet Essentials to enhance their classrooms and school technology.