West Side High School’s “Lights On” Program Wraps Up for the Summer More than 500 Youth Attend Last Night of Summer Evening Programs

[NEWARK, New Jersey – August 30, 2018] – West Side High Schools “Lights On” Program, an evening program for Newark youth to engage in positive activities with their peers, ended the 2018 summer program last week. More than 500 youth attended the final program, which featured a disc jockey, ice cream truck, yoga, basketball, nail design, cheering and flag twirler classes, cooking and much more for teen and pre-teen Newark youth.

The program was created by then Vice Principal Akbar Cook. Mr. Cook, who was recently named Principal of West Side High School, began the program to reinforce positive behavior and programs for students in Newark. “Lights On” has become a destination, not only for West Side High School and Central Ward students, but for students throughout Newark.

This summer, “Lights On” hosted more than 2,000 youth throughout the summer. According to Principal Cook, young people were looking for a positive alternative to the streets, especially on Friday night. “Lights On” is a good alternative to the streets that is fun and educational.