Windward and WCC Partner for Thanksgiving Feast

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.


We'd like to offer our sincere appreciation to those who donated and/or volunteered their time: 

Jessica ReidAndrea Wallace
Ann BlanchardElise Beane
Marielle LernerJoyce Mickelson
Kerry PerlowAshley Kramer
Kelly SloanDebbie Bloom
Linda SolomonTami Cohen
Diana SachsShannon Callan
Julie MorrisSuzanne Kraus
Wendi TrillingDiane Rose-Solomon
Jennifer GordonDiana Longarzo
Amy JanDoron Atzmon
Phyllis CrottyLynn Iezman
Rachel KhedooriCaroline Kunitz
Francie Calfo JonesLisa Weinstock
Amy HarkinBilly Ray
Will SchulteKori Dworkin
Amy RomineThe Gordon Family
Whitney GlassGuilda Peykar
Andrea WallaceGates Family
Samantha JamesHsiu-Yen Brosmith
Chelsea PattersonDorrie Markovitz
Leslie Wimmer
O’Connor FamilyParent Guild Representatives
Toni SimonMarnie Altman
Toni Chan-GoldsobelKaryn Weber
Mikki KaneChristina Thau
Amy CallSusann Cipolla
Rochelle Siegel
Gelson’s Market
Pitman Family Farm
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Windward School is a 7-12, co-educational, independent day school in Los Angeles, California.