NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Students at one New Jersey high school got a surprise visit from Oprah Winfrey on Friday.

Winfrey stopped by West Side High School in Newark after hearing about the work that Principal Akbar Cook has been doing.

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Cook has been hosting Friday night parties for his students to give them a fun, safe place to hangout.

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He also made headlines last year after adding a laundry room in the school because too many students were getting bullied for wearing dirty clothes.

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Winfrey pledged $500,000 to help fund the “Lights On” program through the summer. She also gave each student a $500 Shop Rite gift card.