This year, the Roots will be celebrating a decade of their annual Roots Picnic with about 450 students.
Earlier today, Mayor Kenney and Roots’ frontman, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter visited South Philadelphia High School to award high performing students with free tickets to the Roots Picnic on June 3.
They gave out a whopping 450 tickets to seniors who made the honor roll, had great attendance or excelled in the arts at South Philly High, Kensington Health Sciences Academy and Murrell Dobbins CTE High School.
— Jim Kenney (@PhillyMayor) May 24, 2017
This comes after Mayor Kenney launched his Community School Plan in March, with the intention of “removing barriers that keep children from succeeding in school by aligning public and private resources to meet the specific needs of each school community.”
The legendary Roots crew, which includes Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) alums Black Thought and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, said this would be the best way to celebrate the milestone.
“We knew we wanted to do something special to give back to the city that helped shape its success,” Trotter said of the Picnic in in a statement. “We are inspired by the city’s community schools initiative that helps increase resources for Philadelphia students and families so we thought there was no better way to celebrate the picnic’s success, then to reward young people with an opportunity to enjoy the terrific lineup we’ve curated.”
That lineup include Pharrell, The Roots, Lil Wayne, Solange, Jeezy, 21 Savage, and Kimbra.
The Roots Picnic will take place at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, on the Delaware River Waterfront on Saturday, June 3rd, 2017.