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Students at a Rhode Island high school got a treat on Friday when Kendrick Lamar stopped by the school to play principal for the day. As part of the Get Schooled Celebrity Principals for the Day program, the rapper visited with the kids and delivered a speech, in which he encouraged them to focus on their education.

“Without education you don’t have anything. My teachers were great positive influences in my life. My middle school English teacher was probably the reason I became a rapper. He used to encourage me to write poetry and would challenge me, which helped me improve my vocabulary and made me enjoy writing.”

The visit from Lamar, who himself was the first of his family to graduate from high school, came after the Providence students won the Get Schooled National Attendance Challenge. Watch footage of his appearance above.


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