On Wednesday, Nov. 14, students and parents continued Windward’s long-standing partnership with the Westside Children’s Center (WCC), teaming up to host their annual Thanksgiving dinner.
A cornerstone of Windward’s Parent Guild Service Committee, this year volunteers donated and prepared the ingredients to make a full turkey dinner for over 300 people on site at the WCC.
Organizing the event were committee chairs Marnie Altman, Karyn Weber, Susanne Cipolla Olmos, Christina Thau, as well as Ashley Goodman, Windward’s Director of Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship. Gelson’s Market and Pitman Farms provided support for the event and donated all the turkeys for the dinner.
A group of around 15 parents started prepping the day before, working in shifts to ensure every potato was peeled and every turkey stuffed. They then returned the next day to cook the meals, working right up to the event. 40 of Windward’s own students aided in the effort, stepping in as everything from servers to decorators. They also put on an Arts and Crafts Fair for WCC members, working with them to create leaf gratitude trees, face painting, science experiments, family photos, cookie decorating and the most time-honored of craft staples, the handprint turkey.
It was yet another joyous celebration of the holiday spirit and a great representation of Windward’s partnership with the WCC.