A Teacher, Oprah and the power of Twitter

13 Jun

Here’s a story that proves things can happen in an instant when you put your intention out there and have a little faith. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you…” (Matthew 7:7)

Cen’Cere Cooks is a high school teacher in South Central Los Angeles who, like every year, was on a mission of helping her students get ready for their prom. She is also one smart lady who knows the power of Twitter. (You can follow her on Twitter @cencerecooks.)

Every year she helps girls in her class get their prom dress, but this year had been a little tough. So a few weeks ago in May she sent out tweets to very important people who could help her get 25 dresses for her girls. It was a very sincere and direct request trying to make something happen.

Little did she know that THE person who would respond to her almost immediately was the one and only Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) offering to help out…Can you imagine the excitement?!

Here are the tweets that tell the story:

Cen’Cere can be found on Twitter @CencereCooks. “High School educator in South Central Los Angeles, committed to changing this generation one student at a time!”

Here is one of the responses from Oprah! Good to go!

By then, things are in motion. Oprah made a call to her friends at Macy’s (you gotta love @Macy’s) and they got on board. Pretty soon they were confirming that they were donating 25 prom dresses for the girls in Ms. Cooks’ class! Isn’t this amazing? Sometimes all it takes is a call, or a tweet, and the goodwill of someone who makes things happen.

Fast forward to this week, when 25 lovely ladies, along with Ms. Cooks and chaperones Loretta, Misha, Sivonney and Gabrielle, went to Macy’s South Coast Plaza to choose a prom dress. There was an expert styling team to help them, and the girls enjoyed breakfast and lunch at the store as well.

Here are some pictures of the exciting day. Thank you Macy’s for the opportunity to photograph this event. There was so much joy all around, it was contagious!

These beautiful ladies are ready for their prom thanks to their teacher, Oprah and Macy’s.

Bravo Ms. Cooks! You made it happen.

The girls choose their prom dress from a selection at Macy’s.

So many to choose from, the girls had fun trying on all the dresses.

Susan Koziak and her fabulous styling team did a great job helping the girls choose their dress.

Team Effort: Loretta Cotton, Raegan Gall from Macy’s, Misha, Amanda Dobernic from Macy’s, and Cen’Cere Cooks.

Sivoney Gomez and Gabrielle Ramirez, chaperones on the field trip to Macy’s South Coast Plaza.

The girls and their prom dresses.

All the girls received a Macy’s goody bag.

And, if I may, on a personal note: tonight I saw on Twitter that Ms. Winfrey herself had seen the photos and tweeted one of the photos I took. Needless to say…This made my day and my year. Thank you Oprah!! Your generosity provides so much happiness. 

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8 Responses to “A Teacher, Oprah and the power of Twitter”

  1. microrrelatososhortstories June 14, 2012 at 03:59 #

    Sweetheart, teary eyed te escribo: estoy sin palabras de la felicidad y orgullo de saberte parte de esta increible experiencia. Felicidades! Felicidades! Oprah saw your great photographs yaaaaaaaay!

  2. She'Lia Simone (@hilyfvrd1) June 14, 2012 at 07:01 #

    keep up the great work one student at a time…you are making a difference each day you teach and show..influence is power…to me you are Global Teacher of the Year!!! for you want to see your students make a change and a difference in their homes, community, and their country..keep it up they depend on you and need teachers such as yourself..don’t t think this is nothing when in fact it is a great impact and influence on students, teachers, parents. love you dearly

  3. Tiffany Battee June 14, 2012 at 09:18 #

    OMG my cousin is giving back the way she was taught to as a child. She is passionate about helping children reach their full potential. I am grateful she used her skills to reach out to Lady O and never let fear stop her. I wish more teachers had her drive and desire. You Rock Cincy. Very proud of u!!!! Xoxoxo Tif

  4. Kimberly Holmes (@ms_kimi) June 14, 2012 at 09:21 #

    What comes from the heart, reaches the heart! Well done to all involved. Well done!

  5. Raniyah June 14, 2012 at 11:58 #

    Cencere you are so amazing!!! We need more committed teachers like you!

  6. Cristina June 14, 2012 at 14:41 #

    Que emoción!, graduarse y escoger el vestido, que bueno que les tomaste foto, Congratulations to everyone and thanks to Oprah everyone was happy!

  7. clarity1 June 14, 2012 at 17:21 #

    So cool…thanks for the post amiga! xo

  8. cece June 16, 2012 at 10:01 #

    This is amazing. I applaud this wonderful woman!

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