High School principal Akbar Cook is doing all that he can to protect his students. Cook is the principal at West Side High School. He recently transformed one of the spaces at his school into a laundry room so that the students who were being teased for wearing dirty garments would be able to wash their clothes.
The idea came after Cook noticed students skipping school because they were self-conscious about their clothes after being teased by their peers because of their hygiene. After news spread about the laundry room, individuals in the community stepped up to donate laundry items like dryer sheets and detergent to offset the costs for students.
The hope is for the kids to be able to utilize the laundry room after school if it's needed.
At West Side High School in #Newark, Principal Akbar Cook & educators are combating bullying & absenteeism by installing washing machines and dryers at school. Simple & effective. Thank you Principal Cook for your leadership! https://t.co/dOWUuqvOoq— KIPP New Jersey (@KIPPNJ) August 18, 2018