On Wednesday, Nov. 15, students and parents continued Windward’s longstanding 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 Kim Shore, Karyn Weber, and Susanne Cipolla Olmos, Parent Guild President Christy Kreisberg, Member at Large Lisa Provisor, and Ashley Webster, Windward’s Director of Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship. They were in turn aided by chef Cari Levin. Not only did she help plan and organize the event, she also spearheaded the kitchen effort, providing the entirety of the event’s turkeys and working to ensure that all meals were well-cooked and delicious.
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, artistic representations of healthy habits, 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.