This week, Queens-bred rapper Nicki Minaj headed back to her alma mater elementary, P.S. 45 Clarence Witherspoon, to give out free Thanksgiving turkeys to families and give a motivational speech to the students. The event, which was put together with Hot 97, was kept in relative secrecy, but that didn’t stop more than 200 people from showing up to seek an audience with Nicki.

“I think it’s surprising,” said Ashanti Abraham, a 10-year old student. “I never thought she’d come back to the school she went to years ago.”

Watch video from the event, in which Nicki urges students to stay in school, above.