Thank you to all who made the WPA Night Market—the first all-school gathering of the year—a rousing success! Hundreds from the Westridge community passed through the market, an annual event focused on connection and shared cultures through food, games, activities, and entertainment from around the globe.
Student affinity, parent cultural groups, and Westridge classes had tables to share cultures from all around the world, including Latinx/Hispanic, Polish, Korean, Jewish, Armenian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) heritages. They educated event attendees through posters, cultural items, and activities such as hand painting Chinese silk fans and henna application. Next to cultural booths, a Student Bazaar was bustling as students sold goods such as handmade soaps, upcycled jewelry, crocheted hats, and screen-printed tote bags. A program of demonstrations, including an international fashion show (featuring traditional outfits from countries including Ecuador, Japan, Morocco, and Nigeria) and a Westridge Glee Club performance as well as double dutch and Tai Chai activities, entertained and educated the crowd. Shout out to Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, who was formally deemed "Westridge Cricket Captain" before a cricket match on Frank Field.
Attendees snacked on food from across the world—from Korean japchae to tamales to saffron ice cream. The International Bake Sale featured sweets for all to partake. Twenty percent of proceeds from the bazaar and group sales went toward The Elizabeth J. McGregor Endowment Fund, a newly-established fund supporting Westridge’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice efforts. See more photos from the Night Market here!