Oprah Donates $500,000 to New Jersey High School

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Oprah Winfrey donated half a million dollars to a high school in New Jersey for an after-school program that helps keep kids off the street.

Winfrey surprised students in a packed gymnasium at West Side High School in Newark, New Jersey on May 17, NJ.com reported. The students were part of the Lights On program, which provides students with a safe place to go on Friday evening from 6 p.m. to midnight. The program has been around for several years and allows students to prepare meals, play games, and do laundry, according to the Jersey Cares website. In the summer months, the program is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

The program gained national attention in September 2018 after West Side High School Principal Akbar Cook appeared on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show, where he was given $50,000 for the program and a pantry of food for the…

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