Oprah visits Newark school, gives $500000 to Lights On program – New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

Oprah visits Newark school, gives $500000 to \Lights On\ program - New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio
Oprah Winfrey surprises New Jersey high school with $500,000 gift
Oprah Winfrey has donated half a million dollars to help keep "Lights On" at a Newark school led by principal Akbar Cook.

The media mogul visited West Side High School on Friday evening, during the weekly program started by Cook to give kids a safe place to spend time and have basic needs met, like doing laundry and eating a full meal.

Principal Akbar Cooks “Lights On” program opens West Side High School in Newark on Friday nights. WPVI-TV reports that kids can play basketball, shoot pool, play video games or even use a recording studio.

In video posted by Oprah Magazine to Instagram, a caption said "Oprah heard the story one evening on CBS News and decided she wanted to help him further the Lights On Program. This is the result."

Aside from coverage on CBS News, Principal Cook has been a guest twice on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, where he was gifted $50,000 each time toward his efforts to keep students safe and cared for.

Winfreys gift will help the program operate three nights a week over the summer. She told hundreds of cheering students Friday she was inspired by “all of the great things that are happening here.”

Before announcing the sizable donation, Oprah also provided pizza for the event, from her "O that's Good" food line.

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) β€” Oprah Winfrey made a surprised visit to a New Jersey high school to say shes giving $500,000 to an initiative aimed at keeping kids off the streets from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The media mogul was inspired by principal Akbar Cook, whos also been on \”Ellen,\” twice.\nRead More

Oprah Winfrey has donated half a million dollars to help keep \”Lights On\” at a Newark school led by principal Akbar Cook.

The media mogul visited West Side High School on Friday evening, during the weekly program started by Cook to give kids a safe place to spend time and have basic needs met, like doing laundry and eating a full meal.

In video posted by Oprah Magazine to Instagram, a caption said \”Oprah heard the story one evening on CBS News and decided she wanted to help him further the Lights On Program. This is the result.\”

Aside from coverage on CBS News, Principal Cook has been a guest twice on Ellen DeGeneres talk show, where he was gifted $50,000 each time toward his efforts to keep students safe and cared for.

Before announcing the sizable donation, Oprah also provided pizza for the event, from her \”O thats Good\” food line.

Oprah Winfrey has donated half a million dollars to help keep "Lights On" at a Newark school led by principal Akbar Cook.

The media mogul visited West Side High School on Friday evening, during the weekly program started by Cook to give kids a safe place to spend time and have basic needs met, like doing laundry and eating a full meal.

In video posted by Oprah Magazine to Instagram, a caption said "Oprah heard the story one evening on CBS News and decided she wanted to help him further the Lights On Program. This is the result."

View this post on Instagram @principal_akbar changed the lives of many of his students when he began opening West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey on Friday nights so students had a safe place to hang out, have a meal, and even do their laundry. @oprah heard the story one evening on @cbsnews and decided she wanted to help him further the #LightsOn Program. This is the result πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Aside from coverage on CBS News, Principal Cook has been a guest twice on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, where he was gifted $50,000 each time toward his efforts to keep students safe and cared for.

Before announcing the sizable donation, Oprah also provided pizza for the event, from her "O that's Good" food line.

(CNN)Oprah Winfrey surprised a New Jersey high school Friday night with a pizza party — and a $500,000 donation to an after-school program.

View this post on Instagram Blessed. @oprah @oprahmagazine gave us $500,000 dollars for Lights On. #westside


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