While most of the nation had the day off on Monday, January 21, 2019, the campus at The Storm King School was bustling with activity. For the seventh consecutive year, our students and faculty commemorated this Martin Luther King Day by serving various philanthropic organizations in the local community and learning about Dr. King’s legacy.
First thing Monday morning, all made their way to the Walter Reade Jr. Theatre to begin the day with a presentation about Dr. King and his invaluable contributions to our nation’s history given by members of the National Honor Society. Following the slideshow, the audience split into groups to attend their service activities both on and off campus.
This year, our students and faculty volunteered for many well-known organizations located in the greater community including the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Newburgh Armory Unity Center, Church of the Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen, Fullerton Center, and the New Windsor Country Inn assisted living facility. For those who chose to remain on campus, some students assembled blankets for Project Linus, while others wrote letters to veterans and service men and women stationed overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. In addition, SKS’ Black and Latino Student Union (BLSU) held a clothing drive and the Green Team worked on their ongoing plastic straw initiative.
Throughout the day, there were also various campus improvement activities going on in the gym, art center, theater, and greenhouse. Students were busy painting colorful hallway walls in the art center and the locker rooms, building sets for the upcoming spring musical Mamma Mia in the Theatre, and helping out in the Business Office. And while all this was going on, Mrs. G was busy with the New York Blood Center heading this year’s blood drive in the gymnasium.
Despite the freezing temperatures, Storm King’s MLK Day of Service was a great success again this year. More than 12 large bags of clothing were donated to the St. James Episcopal Church in Cornwall, baskets full of cards and letters were prepared, 30-plus blankets were assembled, many senior citizens were entertained, and 37 pints of blood were collected, enough to save more than 100 lives. Great job, SKS!