Community service and service learning are a part of the core curriculum for both middle and upper school, and is a requirement for graduation. All students in the upper school engage in a minimum of twenty hours of volunteer work annually-work that will give them the opportunity to have a positive impact on the community they serve and also broaden their experience and heighten their social awareness.
Community service is an underlying current at the school...there is no shortage of opportunities here. From tutoring a student struggling to learn Spanish/Latin/chemistry,” to collecting food or coats for the needy, to arranging a bake sale to give money to a Chinese orphanage, to sending the proceeds of an empanada sale to help build a school in Latin America, the culture of caring permeates students’ daily lives.
Liz Demkin, alumna parent
Student activism is also built into daily school life. School-wide mock elections are held in concurrence with local and national election days, with over 95% participation across all grades and faculty. After school clubs, such as Environmental Club, provide an opportunity for students to give their concerns a voice and organize campaigns and local events.
I volunteer with a group of other students from The Hudson School to help refugee children with homework, serve them dinner, and play w/ them post-meal. It is honestly the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done and seeing how joyful, resilient, and loving these children are who have gone through so much are warms my heart.
Every year we donate a portion of the proceedings to a charity the cast chooses together. This year, we chose Cycle for Survival, an organization that raises money for the treatment of rare cancers. We raised $300 for this organization.
|Examples of Student Charity Fundraising|
|Ali Forney Center||Liberty Humane Society|
|American Heart Association||Leukemia & Lymphoma Society|
|American Red Cross||Mercy USA Somalia Relief|
|ASPCA||National Breast Cancer Foundation|
|Doctors without Borders||Panthera|
|DSWT Saving Elephants||Partners in Health Haiti|
|Global Genes Project||Samaritans|
|Habitat for Humanity||Save the Children Haiti relief|
|Haiti at Work||St. Jude Math-a-Thon|
|Haiti School (a partner school we raised funds for)||Virunga Fund|
|Hoboken Homeless Shelter||World Wildlife Fund|
|Japan Society Tsunami Relief||York Street Project|
|Lamp For Haiti|