Ellen Welcomes Back Inspiring Principal Akbar Cook

Ellen Welcomes Back Inspiring Principal Akbar Cook


Well, you look very, very sharp. Oh, man. You look good. Well, thank you, Ellen. I’m trying to be like
you when I grow up. So what’s the reaction at
school since you were here? Well, when I got
back, Ellen, it was like it was a Super Bowl
parade waiting on me. And there was so many people
saying, oh, you was on Ellen. I was like, yeah, was on Ellen. They said, no, Ellen, Ellen. I say, yes, Ellen, Ellen. And it was so– the love that poured
in, and it was because I was saving lives
and not making a jump shot, so that made it so much sweeter. And I want to say now
I know every time I’m playing in another
country, because I start getting calls and gifts
from all over the world. Just last week, Hamburg,
Germany sent me some stuff and saying Cook, we
love what you’re doing. So it’s been amazing. That’s incredible. Good for them all
over the world. Yes. Thank you, Germany. Yes. So you installed a
laundry room, but I know that you had a
fear that the kids would be too embarrassed to
go in there and use it. Yes, ma’am. So I had this
wonderful thing, right? But I thought that who was
going to be the first ones? It was going to take those
brave students to be first. And when I got back, it
was the complete opposite. It was so many students. I mean, we’re using the washers
and dryers six, seven days a week, all day long. And it’s all my kids. It’s changed the
culture in my building to where that they
know that they love and they’re supporting it. Like I said, it’s been coming
from all over the world. So we once were the school
that no one wanted to go to, and now, everybody is coming. I’m getting 10 to
15 kids a week, and it’s all because of
the love that you’ve shown and all the people
around the world. That’s amazing. Well, first of all– yeah, that’s incredible. The fact that also
they’re learning how to do their own
laundry is important. Yes. Yes. That’s what a lot of
parents would hope their kids learn how to do. Yes. And I know that Senator Cory
Booker reached out to you. Yes. So just imagine a
presidential candidate– when I first left Ellen, he
sent me this beautiful written letter from the Senate office. And I was just so
happy, I framed it up. And then I want to
say about a month ago, he had a Twitter feed. So I said, go to your
Twitter, go to your Twitter. I don’t even be on Twitter. So I went to Twitter and I
saw that Senator Booker had nominated me for Black History
Month as one of the folks that we should look out for. Yes. And rightfully so. All right, we’re
going to take a break. More with Akbar after this. We’re back with
principal Akbar Cook from West Side high
school, and we just couldn’t be happier
for you and for what’s happening to all the students. And we wanted to
bring them here. We couldn’t bring them here,
but Jeannie went to them. So let’s say hi to your
students right now. [INAUDIBLE] Get out of here. Look at that, I
think they’re happy. I love that you call
them your babies. They’re all like–
well, they seem happy. They’re very happy, very happy. All right, I understand
there’s some students that want to say something to Akbar. I do, I do. I’ve got Anayah and Jakhai? Anayah, what do you want
to say to principal Cook? Well, I just want to
say thank you first. Over the years I’ve
known you, you’ve been somebody I could talk to,
always kept me out of trouble. So you’re really like family. And what about you, Jakhai? What about you? Me personally, I feel like
even though Cook our principal, he don’t really feel
like our principal. He feel more like one of us,
because he laughs with us, he jokes with us, and
like most of all– I can remember that he told us
we’re family man, at my school. Forget about me, I love you. I just want to say hi to all
the students there right now. And I’m so proud of you,
I’m so happy for you. So I’m just giving a big
hello to all of you right now. [INAUDIBLE] This guy is something special,
and I know you know that. And because of that,
our friends at Cheerios love that you’re
continuing this work. And they want to
help you continue to do the things you do. They want to give you
another $50,000 for West Side high school. Oh, my God, again. Yeah, that’s right. We’ll be right back. Hi, I’m Andy. Ellen asked me to remind you
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that sort of thing. [BLEEP] God [BLEEP].

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