West Side High School principal, Akbar Cook has an ingenious way of helping to curb bullying in his school. In order to make sure that his students don’t miss school because they are being bullied due to dirty clothes, he installed a laundry room on campus.
Some students couldn’t afford to keep their clothes clean. Cook told NJ.com that students with dirty clothes would be photographed and their photos were then posted on social media, resulting in cyberbullying. To help put an end to these cyberspace attacks, Cook got a $20,000.00 grant to buy five washing machines and five dryers, converting the locker room into a laundry room.
Local businesses have graciously donated laundry supplies to the campus. The laundry room will be open for use starting August 27th on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Afterwards, it will be open daily starting September 4th. Kudos to you principal Cook! This is definitely what making a difference looks like.