Scholarships to benefit from Sunday film series

Jacob Goodman

Upper school performing arts teacher Ted Walch will show movies such as “Casablanca” and “Chinatown” during his  “Sundays with Ted” film class series.

This is Walch’s second year teaching the class, which is open to any current or former Harvard-Westlake parents, alumni and friends of the school.

A total of nine films will be shown, each followed by a lecture and discussion session with Walch.

The films will be shown in three groups: “Classic Films about War,” “Films about Kids” and “Classy Directors at the Top of Their Games.”

Each screening costs $50 to attend and the total cost for all nine sessions is $400. All proceeds from the class will go to the Thomas C. Hudnut Scholarship fund.

“I’d love to raise enough to fund one deserving kid for one full year at Harvard- Westlake, and that’s why my goal is $30,000,” Walch said. “Last year with four classes (at a slightly higher cost) I raised $10,000.  I think I can do it, but it’s very ambitious.”

All the classes will be held in Ahmanson lecture hall from 2 to 5 p.m.

The classes will meet Feb. 16 and 23, March 9, April 13 and 27 and May 4, 11 and 18.

“The thing that really sparked it the first the time around was after back to school day,” Walch said. “Parents said, ‘If ever you could do a class for us we would be grateful.’ That’s what put it in my mind.”

There have been some efforts around here to try and fly the trial balloon of teachers at HW offering classes for adults. And this in its way is a trial balloon.  The others, though, might be looked on as extra money for the teachers, but this is not extra money for me, I’m not taking any money; this is a fundraiser.”