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.READ MORE: Man Slashed In Head Inside Times Square Subway Station
Cook has been hosting Friday night parties for his students to give them a fun, safe place to hangout.READ MORE: Caught On Camera: Innocent Children Caught In Middle Of Brazen Shooting In The Bronx
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.MORE NEWS: 'I Hope This Is The Beginning Of Something': Hundreds Flock To Harlem For Juneteenth Block Party
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.