Community Service

Over the last seven years we have built a strong community relationship with the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, along with other partners in our surrounding school community area.  We began this effort seven years ago by taking part in the Chamber of Commerce meetings and developing a rapport with the following town officials: Ms. Lisa O’Reilly, Village Recreation Assistant, Ms. Ann Russak, Sr. Outreach Coordinator, and Mr. Issac Garson, local business owner.  Students from our district participate in the following annual events.  

Annual Events

  • Senior Citizen Community Picnic – This event takes place every October where students serve, sing, and dance with senior citizens from the towns of Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, and Ardsley at the senior citizen’s picnic which takes place at the Andrus Senior Residence.

  • Hastings-on-Hudson Festival of Lights – A number of students from Ainslie Cottage help with the set-up and clean-up at the annual Festival of Lights Community Day.  

  • Annual Make a Difference Day Project – On the last Thursday in October high school and middle school students work with the Village of Hastings Recreation Department at two locations. The students work to beautify the homes of senior citizens and on  special outdoor projects designated by the town.

  • Senior Holiday Party –Students work at the James Harmon Community Center to help seniors to an afternoon snack and enjoy time with them.

  • Community Center- The third Thursday of each month, four students volunteer at the senior citizen’s outreach Bingo and Recreation Program.  They serve coffee and help seniors read their Bingo cards.

  • Spring Clean-Up- We are currently working to establish a Spring Clean-Up project with Lisa O’Reilly and the town Hastings-on-Hudson.

  • Beautification Project- In front of the Hastings Station Café the handiwork of students at M.L.K. High School can be seen in the form of planters that they decorated, painted and planted to beautify the local community.

  • Holiday Concert- 4th and 5th grade students, under the direction of music teacher, Ms. Doe, perform holiday songs for the residents at The Andrus Senior Residence.


THANK YOU to the following business and outside educational organizations as partners and thank them for embracing the excellent work of our students:                       

  • Hastings Station Café rewards five “Gold Level” five students with hot chocolate and muffins weekly throughout the school year.

  • Advantage Waypoint gives thousands of dollars of food items that are used to celebrate our monthly MACC (Monthly Academic & Character Celebration).

  • Hastings Public Library for giving access to conference rooms for our teaching staff as needed.

  • Slices Pizza for donations and discounts throughout the school year for many special events and activities.

  • The Sharing Shelf for having eight students participate in the “Girl-Topia” event which provided full spring wardrobes for students.

  • Westchester Community College for partnering with M.L.K. H.S. through their ACE program which enables students in high school English class to receive college credit.

  • Sarah Lawrence College for their theater outreach program and working with our students on several theater events and a luncheon at their campus in Bronxville.

  • The College of Westchester in White Plains N.Y. for hosting fifteen students from our Junior Class for a luncheon on campus as well as supporting students in their exploration of future educational plans. 


Thank you to  Mrs. Goodman, Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education and the Graham-Windham Agency for their support in working collaboratively the Town of Hastings-on-Hudson. Please contact Paul Tobin, School Principal/Community Relations Coordinator, at 914.478.1161 ext. 259 for any future community service projects opportunities.