Oprah Winfrey surprises a high school in New Jersey with a $ 500,000 gift


"It's half a million dollars to encourage you to keep doing what you're doing, because you're going in the right direction," Winfrey said in a video of Akbar Cook's main feature posted on Instagram. "I saw what your grand principal was doing and I thought, what can I do?"

Winfrey posted a video on Facebook and said that she "had to come and see" what Cook does for students at West High School in Newark.

The donation was to support Cook's Lights On program. This gives the kids a safe place to gather on a Friday night. They can play basketball and video games, play pool and work until 11 o'clock, said the WPVI affiliate. The program will also run three nights a week during the summer.

Cook also set up a laundry at the school after students were bullied for dirty clothes and then missed a class, the station said.

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