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Oprah Winfrey surprised a group of students at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey last Friday night with a pizza party and a $500,000 donation to the school’s Light’s On program.

The Lights On after-school program was created by principle Akbar Cook, who aims to create a safe and creative space for his students on Friday nights during the school year. Cook previously made headlines for installing washing machines at the school to ensure students had clean clothes.

With the Light’s On program, Principal Cook and his family personally prepare dinner for the program’s 300 students each week, PEOPLE reports. But this past Friday, Winfrey hosted a pizza party with her line of “O, That’s Good” frozen pizzas with Kraft Heinz.

The media mogul and Kraft Heinz donated $50 ShopRite gift cards to the hundreds of kids in attendance before she donated a check for $500,000 to support the program, the report states.

“I’m gonna leave here tonight, and leave you with half a million dollars!” she announced to a crowd full of cheers.

Principal Cook says the donation will go towards “restorative” programs, designed to curb gun violence in the area.

Cook launched the program four years ago after three students at the high school died from gun violence, but Cook told CBS that since then, “we haven’t lost any more kids.”

“You have to build trust,” he added. “When we first started off, it was just basketball and jump rope. … We realized that we needed to do more things for the young ladies, and once we started doing that, the guys came!”

Cook says Winfrey’s generous donation will help expand the program’s educational resources.

“I still need to do more just restorative things for the kids – yes, it’s recreational, but if I can give them some educational resources and show them some life skills so they can be more employable to employers, anything I can [do] to make them successful.”

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5 thoughts on “Oprah Surprises High School With Pizza Party And Generous Donation [Watch]

  1. Amber on said:

    Give all the donations all u want to get PR after your misstep with the “Leaving Neverland” backlash documentary LIE that u pushed and now everyone is exposing that trash and those liars and crook director to trash another Legend (MJ) who was innocent; and worst, dead and unable to defend himself. All this giving and now being talked about which she never did. Sorry but u will never have creditabity in my eyes no more after that one which you should have research and you would have seen these guys were liars then you tried to downplay it on Trevor which made u looked more foolish even to people who in field. Mo still was right.

  2. Bonita Hobbs on said:

    SHE STARTED THE “CELEBRITY GIVING TREND” IN AMERICA!!!!!!!! SHE IS THE ARCHITECT AND BOSS OF TEACHING AMERICAN TV HOST/ MOVIE STARS/ OTHERS HOW TO SHARE/ GIVE TO HELP OTHERS IN NEED!!!! IN CASE YOUNGER PEOPLE DID NOT KNOW THAT! SHE STARTED IT IN THE 1980’S!!!!! SHE IS THE ONE!!!! NOT ONLY THAT SHE MADE PERSONS BOOKS AND MOVIES ENTREPRENEURIAL IDEAS GET EXPOSURE , MONEY AND STATUS!

    On Wed, May 22, 2019, 11:03 AM Black America Web wrote:

    > jamaibaw posted: “https://youtu.be/HwFUnJdrHuQ Oprah Winfrey surprised a > group of students at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey last > Friday night with a pizza party and a $500,000 donation to the school’s > Light’s On program. The Lights On after-school progr” >

    • Amber on said:

      No she did not. Michael Jackson was the most charitable celeb until the late 90’s. And many others did it before her.

    • DEBRA A MAYES on said:

      Thanks for your message. I thought I had CRS–she was giving when it was not politically correct. Some people are going to hate reardless

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