HWSAA hosts kids costume party

Caroline Plunkett

The Harvard-Westlake Student Alumni Association (HWSAA) hosted a costume party for alumni and faculty’s children Oct. 30. The party included pumpkin decorating and Halloween-themed arts and crafts.

The event was planned by the group Alumni with Young Kids and the Alumni Relations Office with volunteers from both the student ambassadors programs and HWSAA. Assistant Director of Alumni Relations Veronica Kopelevich said the party was part of HWSAA’s goal of sustained connection between the school and its alumni families.

“It’s important for us to continue to find avenues for our alumnus and their families to connect meaningfully with HW,” Kopelvich said. The goal of our events is to give our alumni the opportunity to stay connected to the school and to each other.”

Both parents and kids were encouraged to come in costume. Student volunteers helped with setting up the party and distributing name tags.

HWSAA volunteer Nyla Shelton ‘24 said she enjoyed creating a space for the community to come together.

“My favorite part of volunteering for this event was watching alumni reconnect with other alumni and members of the Harvard-Westlake community,” Shelton said. “Watching people reminisce about their time at Harvard-Westlake and introduce families to old friends was very enjoyable.”

Math Teacher Kaisa Williams said she appreciates having the school’s support as both a teacher and mother of three.

“It makes me feel like I’m part of a community because if something goes wrong and I have to stay home with the kids, I know that [the school has] my back,” Williams said. “Even though my kids don’t go to Harvard-Westlake yet, there’s a lot of events that include them and they already feel like they are a part of the community.”