PITTSFIELD — As part of Maine Central Institute’s Homecoming Weekend events, a community cookout has been planned to give SAD 53 friends, parents and residents a chance to welcome the school’s new headmaster.

Christopher Hopkins and his family will be on hand from 5:30 to 6:45 tonight at the MCI track field to meet with residents. The cookout will serve as the formal commencement of a new project for the school to provide firewood for needy families.

“Wood for the Neighborhood, Because Community Works” is the name of the project, which was selected through a contest among students.

An anonymous donor al-ready has provided 10 cords of wood, and the school is expect-ing 20 more. The wood is lo-cated in the area next to MCI’s music building.

The goal is to collect as much wood as possible and then, once it is stockpiled, to provide it free or at little cost.

The school will be using vol-unteers to split and stack the wood. Any donations from re-cipients will be donated to pur-chase oil for families in need.

Headmaster Hopkins brought up the idea, which he said fits with his overall theme for this school year of citizen-ship.