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: 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' Wins Big As Broadway Celebrates The 74th Annual Tony Awards
Cook has been hosting Friday night parties for his students to give them a fun, safe place to hangout.READ MORE: Police Seize 7 Vans Allegedly Used As Airbnb Rentals In Manhattan
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: Woman Accused Of Telling Black Couple At Brooklyn Dog Park, 'Stay In Your Hood'
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.