SEE IT: Nicki Minaj surprises students at Queens alma mater

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NEW YORK (PIX11 )— Forget Pink Friday, Pink Thursday is on deck.

Hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj returned home to her alma mater, PS 45 in Queens Monday to give out free Thanksgiving turkeys.

Some of the turkey recipients included families affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Minaj, a Queens native who moved to the area at 5-years-old, took photos with fans and even gave them a small pep talk.

“I’m so proud of you guys that you’re in school,” she told a packed auditorium at PS 45. “I want to encourage you to stay in school and continue to be smart young people and go out in the world and be amazing adults.”

Minaj drops her latest album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded: The Re-Up” this week.