Alumni and Friends Reconnect at Holiday Alumni Reception

On Thursday, December 20, an intimate gathering of alumni, faculty, administrators, and friends toasted the holidays at The Windward School’s Manhattan campus. Between browsing past yearbooks, reminiscing about prior years at Windward, enjoying the spread of hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, touring the Manhattan campus, and reconnecting with former teachers and classmates, many new friendships were established at the alumni holiday reception.  

To conclude the evening, Dr. John J. Russell, Head of School, shared a video, “How Windward Changed Our Lives,” in which several alumni shared how transformational attending Windward was for them, not just academically but personally as well. The attendees also received an exclusive first preview of the trailer for the upcoming Windward feature film, The Windward Way: Teachers Transforming Lives, which details the unique qualities of the Windward education program and the teachers that deliver the scientifically-proven program. Maureen Sweeney, Windward’s former Director of Admissions, also made remarks about the strength of the Windward alumni network and how the bond between alumni and Windward prevails no matter the number of intervening years. Expanding on those sentiments, Trustee Denis O’Leary, III ’06 encouraged his fellow alumni to remain engaged with Windward and give back to the School that gave them the tools to succeed in life, whether that be as a guest speaker, organizer, or donor.  

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