👏🏾😭 When he said “my babies” my heart melted, it’s important that children see & have a positive role model. #powerofpositivity #ellendegeneres
Cook, principal of West Side High School in #Newark
, sat across from Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday, and couldn’t believe he was there.
“I’m just so happy, I’m so nervous that I’m on the Ellen Show," he said, smiling, his hands fidgeting. “This is amazing. Wow."
It’s understandable, Cook. She’s big, but you have done something special to earn the right to be there, too. .
He had washing machines installed at his school this summer to deter bullying and embarrassment for his students, who didn’t want anyone to know that their families couldn’t afford to wash their school uniforms.
The story went viral. Everybody took notice of Cook. Enter Ellen DeGeneres.
. “When I found out about a high school principal from Newark, New Jersey who is doing incredible things to keep his students in school, I knew I wanted to have him on the show," DeGeneres said on her talk show.
DeGeneres had a surprise for him, too. The talk show host, who has a partnership with Cheerios to encourage “One Million Acts of Good," gave Cook a $50,000 check for West Side.
“Oh My God," Cook said.
But there’s more.
Cheerios also gave West Side a year supply of food to stock the pantry for the school’s “Lights On” program that keeps kids off the street at night.
. “Lights On,” another Cook idea, started three years ago so young people would have a safe place to go from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. A lot can happen to a young person in those five hours, and Cook didn’t want trouble to find his kids" (via nj.com)