Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs opens new charter school in Harlem

NEW YORK (WHDH) - Music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs was on hand Monday to help open a new charter school in Harlem.

Capital Preparatory Harlem is the only new charter school opening in Harlem this year. Combs came up with the idea to open the school six years ago, with help from Capital Preparatory Charter Schools founder Steve Perry. Combs donated money to the project and licensing and state funding was obtained.

“I love my community, I love New York,” said Combs. “I love Harlem and it’s great to be able to come back and do something for my community.”

Last spring, Combs’s involvement with the school was revealed. On Monday, he welcomed the school’s first students personally and give them advice about working hard.

“Listen to your teachers, do your homework, study, support each other, be leaders,” said Combs. “Be leaders, that’s what this school is about.”

The students got into the school through a lottery, with priority given to those living nearby. About 180 students are currently enrolled, with plans to expand to 700 students.

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