Cardi B visits her Bronx middle school, donates $100K: 'I was like a bad kid'

'I still got them in my heart'
Cardi B with I.S. 232 students
Cardi B with I.S. 232 students on September 13, 2022 Photo credit NYC DOE
By , Audacy

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Cardi B visited her old Bronx middle school Tuesday and surprised students there with a $100,000 donation, the New York City Board of Education announced.

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The rapper—who was born in upper Manhattan and raised in the Bronx—joined Schools Chancellor David Banks and K. Bain, founder and executive director of Community Capacity Development, at her alma mater, I.S. 232, in Morris Heights.

Cardi B speaking at her old middle school
Cardi B speaking at her old middle school Photo credit NYC DOE

"A lot of the teachers were very tough on me because they really did [see] something [in] me," Cardi B said of her time at the school. "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."

Students watching Cardi B deliver speech at their middle school
Students watching Cardi B deliver speech at their middle school Photo credit NYC DOE

Cardi B gave an inspirational speech to the 6th-8th grade students about the importance of what her public school meant to her. She also highlighted the impact of working hard in school to achieve your dreams.

"A couple of years from now, when you're 14, when you're 15, when you're 18 or when you're 21, make sure you think long term," Cardi B said in her speech.

Cardi B with NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks and founder and executive director of Community Capacity Development K. Bain
Cardi B with NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks and founder and executive director of Community Capacity Development K. Bain Photo credit NYC DOE

The visit was concluded with an announcement of the $100,000 contribution to the school, taking the principal, Desiree Resto, by surprise.

 “We are thrilled to welcome Cardi B back home to IS 232 in the Bronx, and we are so grateful for her generous contribution to her alma mater,” said Schools Chancellor David Banks. “Cardi B’s commitment of $100K for the arts will help the school’s kids soar to their highest heights. Thank you, Cardi!”

Cardi B with I.S. 232 students
Cardi B with I.S. 232 students Photo credit NYC DOE

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