December 17, 2013
Warm Wishes 2013 a great success
WFF creates winter wonderland for 482 students
On Dec. 13, 2013, Kerry Wood and the Wood Family Foundation turned the gymnasium of Lawndale Elementary Community Academy into a winter wonderland for 482 students. Led by principal Willard Willette, the school was chosen for WFF's Warm Wishes holiday adoption program where each student is gifted a coat and toy from Santa and his elves. Gov. Pat Quinn even stopped by to help pass out presents.
"Measured by the number of smiles, this year's Warm Wishes was a huge success," Sarah Wood said. "We couldn't have done it without the help of our volunteers, Walgreens and J.P. Morgan Chase.
"This event is achievable only because of our fundraising throughout the year. It is the culmination of the efforts of our partners and contributors that make this such a rewarding and heartwarming day."
With 100 percent of students classified as "economically disadvantaged," it was Principal Willette that impressed the WFF with his success in leading the school for four years with continuous substantial improvements. Most recently, they were selected as an Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4) reinvestment school in which school leaders and faculty will receive comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific need of each school, providing every child with a rigorous and quality education to help prepare them for success.