The East Woods' mission is to foster strength of character and academic excellence while developing and encouraging creativity, intellectual curiosity, and a lifelong passion for learning. We are a nurturing community that celebrates the differences among us and leads by example through citizenship and service to others.

Community Service

In the spirit of working globally, nationally, and locally, our community service program allows our students to participate in many different ways. There are a number of hands-on projects including recycling every Wednesday before school, visiting senior citizens at a local assisted living facility, participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF, lending a hand at the Fall and Spring Coastal Clean-Ups in Oyster Bay, helping at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery Fall Festival, supporting the Shoe, Clothing, Toy, Toiletries, and Food Drives, helping at the Project Hope Soup Kitchen in Huntington Station, participating in community runs or walks for charity, and singing at a local Senior Center. Students are encouraged to build upon their interests and passions, and students may also take the initiative to support a cause or project that is meaningful to him or her.

In the East Woods experience, community service is seen as an essential complement to the school’s rigorous academic program, lending meaningful balance to students’ lives.

Community Service Programs

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

Every fall, EWS students volunteer their time to help with children's games at the CSH Fish Hatchery Fall Festival.

EWS Recycling Programs

East Woods School has a strong commitment to ensuring that our planet is kept safe, clean, and green for generations to come. To that end, we have two ongoing recycling programs in which we welcome our students and parents to participate.

Paper, Plastic & Glass Recycling Program
We hope you can join us every Wednesday to collect the paper, plastic and grlass recycling from all of the bins arounds campus. No sign-up required. We meet at 7:35 in the Dining Hall.

Ink & Toner Cartridges
Since cartridges do not decompose, each one that we reycle will help the environment and help our school through a return-reward program. Each cartridge will benefit our school by up to $3. Two recycling bins are located in the computer lab...please bring in your cartridges from home and recycle with us!

Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart is an EWS community service-learning program of the American Heart Association. It teaches children the importance of developing heart healthy habits and that being physically active can be fun. The event takes place during Physical Education Class. The children participate in multiple stations that are related to the theme of the heart.

Lunch On The Go

This special program benefits the African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP). ASAP is an organization dedicated to helping children in need in South Africa. All students need to do is sign up for lunch on Fridays, and all proceeds are given to ASAP. This is open to all EWS students staying for any after-school enrichment on Friday afternoons.

Oyster Bay Harbor Spring Cleanup Day

EWS students, families, and faculty join forces with the Town of Oyster Bay, the North Oyster Bay Baymen’s Association (NOBBA), and Friends of the Bay for Oyster Bay Harbor Spring Cleanup Days at TR Memorial Park in Oyster Bay, Stehli Beach in Bayville, Centre Island Beach in Bayville.

Project HOPE Sunday Supper

EWS faculty, students, and families give their time at St. Hugh's Parish on selected Sundays to help prepare and serve meals to families and individuals in the Huntington area.

Save the Children Early Childhood Education Walk for Chalk

EWS students, families and faculty members join Save the Children Long Island Junior Council and Student Ambassadors at CSH Jr/Sr High School to raise awareness and funds for Save the Children.

Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF

For over 60 years, kids have Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF to help kids around the world who need more than candy. Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF is a fun way to empower EWS students to help keep the world's kids alive and healthy in more than 190 countries and territories.

Waterfront and Beach Cleanup - Centerport

EWS students, families, and faculty members participate in International Coastal Cleanup as they clean up Centerport Mill Pond, Centerport Harbor, Centerport Beach, and Fleets Cove Beach contributing to the health of the local communities and local waters while also having fun!

Walk to Defeat ALS

The Walk to Defeat ALS supports those fighting and caring for someone living with ALS. Every year, EWS students, families, and faculty members come together to raise funds to help support care service programs, enable cutting-edge research, and advance nationwide advocacy efforts for people with ALS and their families.

Whit Whit Walk

The Whit Whit Walk is a family-friendly walkathon in honor of Whitney Marie Posillico and the Posillico family. Students, families, and faculty members of EWS walk to supports pediatric cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSK).

Buddy Class Service Learning

For the past fifteen years, Service Learning has been an inherent part of our Community Service program. Depending on their grade, the students are able to engage in numerous curriculum-based activities while serving others. The ultimate goal of this program is for the students to experience the joy and gratification attached to any altruistic concern for others while reinforcing academic skills. The students have engaged in a great variety of activities. They have made paintings to decorate a non-for-profit organization clinic, written poems and letters to seniors, veterans, disaster victims, and harvested seeds in a local preserve, just to name a few.

Keeping in mind the strategy of the Community Service program, Lower and Upper School grades are partnered as Buddy Classes. The students discuss, reflect, and collaborate on partnered activities. Some activities in the past have included writing letters to soldiers, organizing various drives for food, clothing, and toys, decorating onesies for a women's shelter, using old tee-shirts to braid chew toys for dogs, and using fleece to make scarves for local, national, and international organizations.