NEWARK, New Jersey — Principal Akbar Cook at West Side High School in Newark, converted a football locker room into a free laundry room to combat bullying.
“We are trying to teach them to navigate their pride,” Cook said. “My kids are fighters — they just need good ways to fight for themselves, and then take pride in what they can do.”
Cook said many students at West Side faced humiliation because they didn’t have anything clean to wear.
So when school starts September 4, there will be a new facility in the building: a free laundromat.