On Saturday, February 29, 2020, The Windward School’s Windward Parents Association (WPA) hosted its 2nd Annual CommUNITY Service Day at both Windward’s Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools campus and Westchester Middle School campus. On both campuses, 245 volunteers comprised of students and their family members and Windward faculty and staff members participated in hands-on activities to benefit this year’s charity partners. Windward’s Manhattan Lower and Middle School families supported New York Common Pantry, Best Friends Animal Society, God’s Love We Deliver, and Leveling the Playing Field. Similarly, the Westchester Lower and Middle School families in White Plains supported New Covenant Center, Adopt-a-Dog Animal Shelter, Meal-on-Wheels, and Leveling the Playing Field.
Thanks to this year’s CommUNITY Service Day at The Windward School, the following items were created and donated:
- 281 braided toys for dogs waiting to be adopted at Adopt-a-Dog Animal Shelter in Armonk, NY
- 2,400 care kits for New Covenant Center in Stamford, CT, to build dignity and self-sufficiency for people facing food and economic insecurity
- 81 laminated placemats for Meals-on-Wheels of White Plains, NY, for neighbors in need of a warm meal
- 260 toys for cats waiting to be adopted at Best Friends Animal Society in NYC
- 2,026 care kits New York Common Pantry in NYC to build dignity and self-sufficiency for people facing food and economic insecurity
- 222 birthday cards for meal recipients of God’s Love We Deliver in NYC
- More than $15,000 of used sports equipment, filling an entire trailer, for Leveling the Playing Field, which is based out of Maryland
"We designed this annual event last year with an incredible team of volunteers when we saw a need to bring our students together with their families to help others, promote goodwill, and create lasting memories,” said Susan Arditi-Adams and Barbara O’Connor, Co-Presidents of the WPA. “There is nothing better than seeing parents and students truly engaged with activities that give back to our local communities. Our CommUNITY Service Day is true quality time and an endeavor we hope to continue for years to come."
The Windward School and WPA thank Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools’ co-chairs Susan Petrie-Badertscher and Wendie Lopez and Westchester Lower and Middle Schools’ co-chairs Anne Louise Bostock and Tami Mount for coordinating a successful event. \
Photos from WPA CommUNITY Service Day in Westchester:
Photos from WPA CommUNITY Service Day in Manhattan: