The Winnetka Community Nursery School is involved with a number of community groups with the aim of making a real difference within the wider community.
Winnetka Children's Fair
For 65 years, the Winnetka Children's Fair has been a tradition of community and family fun, fellowship and participation. The Fair kicks off the summer with an end-of-school celebration with rides, craft booths and games of chance.
The Fair is coordinated by the Board of Directors of Winnetka Community Nursery School. More than 1,000 volunteers donate their time, energy and enthusiasm to bring this event to life. Thousands from Winnetka and neighboring North Shore communities come to the Winnetka Village Green to enjoy the Fair each year.
School Wide Read (in conjunction with local early childhood centers)
Along with other Winnetka nursery schools we select, read and then discuss a book of interest to our families. This is an opportunity to learn and interact with families on a range of topics that are important for the well being of our children.
A previous book selection was Aaron Cooper and Eric Keitel’s I Just Want My Kids to Be Happy. As part of the discussion we have reached out the broader community with a discussion facilitated by Lisa Gordon, Ph.D. from The Family Institute of Northwestern University.
Book Drive (in conjunction with Book Worm Angels)
Annually the school participates in a book drive for needy children. We ask our families to sort through their bookshelves and to donate gently used books that they are no longer reading. For further information regarding Book Worm Angles please see their web site.
Pajama Drive (in conjunction with The Pajama Program)
Annual we seek to help children in need enjoy a more satisfying and nurturing bedtime. We are collecting pajamas for The Pajama Program, a non-proﬁt organization that distributes pajamas to children around the world. These children not only do not have pajamas, but also do not have the chance to experience the simple comfort of getting ready for bed with a mom or dad. By providing warm, comfortable sleepwear, The Pajama Program hopes to contribute to a warmer, more loving environment and bedtime routine. For more information regarding The Pajama Program please visit their web site.