Oprah Surprises Newark High School With $500K Donation

May 20, 2019

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Oprah Winfrey paid it forward on Friday when she unexpectedly showed up at a high school in Newark with a $500,000 donation to fund its "Lights On" program. Devised by West Side principal Akbar Cook, the program keeps the school open on Friday nights to serve warm meals to kids and keep them off the streets. "Hello, West Side!" Winfrey bellowed during her appearance. "Listen up, listen up, listen up! So I heard about West Side, okay? And all the great things that are happening here. So I'm gonna leave here tonight and leave you with half a million dollars. So thank you so much, keep those lights on!" Cook previously appeared on Ellen for installing laundry machines at West Side so students have a free place to clean their clothes.