On the grounds of one of Inglewood’s most renowned educational institutions, Wilder’s Preparatory Academy Charter School held its annual Harvest Festival in celebration of Halloween.
Chief Executive Officer of Wilder’s Prep, Mrs. Ramona Wilder said, “Today’s event represents a very rich history of our harvest festival. It is a day that we get together, the parents, the students, the teachers, the faculty, and we celebrate Halloween. We come in costumes, we have plenty of games, we have plenty of food, and it is a fundraiser. We raise funds for each class, for the activities those classes participate in through the academic year.”
Director of Student and Site Operations, and newest member of the administrative team, Ms. Jackson added, “It’s a great time because not only do families get to come out, but the teachers and parent volunteers, as well as members of the community get to come out to have fun. We’re a K-8 school, so it’s a safe place for young kids as well as older kids to have fun, and it’s also an opportunity for our students to volunteer. We had our 7th and 8th graders construct the haunted house. So, it’s a wonderful opportunity for our students to give back, not only to our school, but also to share this with their community members.”
Senior staff member and economics teacher Mr. Parker shared, “I’ve been here 15 years and every year it’s gotten better. The best thing is that it’s something here for everyone, parents, grandparents, children of all ages, but there’s something here that you may not see other places, and that’s definitely love.”
Mayor James Butts made an appearance and noted that this was one of the best events he’s been to all year and added, “The City of Inglewood has a rich history of championship-type institutions. Sometimes things come and go. The Lakers and Kings left, but one thing that’s been steadfast in our city is Wilder’s Academy. It is actually an educational treasure, it’s one of the most renowned institutions in this area, and we’re so grateful that they continue to thrive here in the City of Inglewood.”