School Life

Community Service

Respect, integrity, service, stewardship, and curiosity are Millbrook’s core values. It is no accident that service is at the center of those values, as it has been a vital component to the Millbrook experience since 1931. Millbrook students own the culture of the campus, and community service is a large part of that ownership. 

Community service is built right into the schedule at Millbrook. Four days per week, for a total of 2 hours, students and faculty devote time to helping the school "run," but it's common for students to volunteer considerable time beyond the built-in community service periods. Whether feeding the endangered red wolves at night or taking a Bright Nights Run into Poughkeepsie to provide food and comfort to those in need, service extends far beyond the dedicated blocks in any given day.

Millbrook students also take opportunities to travel abroad to serve children and families in countries including Guatemala, India, and Ghana, and stateside service trips also happen regularly. Students often express an interest in a particular service project, and the school works with them to bring it to fruition.

Service is perfectly expressed in our motto–Non Sibi Sed Cunctis (not for onself, but for all)– so it is no surprise that one of our most honored traditions is the awarding of the Community Service Cup to a deserving senior at commencement each year.

Community Services

Millbrook offers a wide variety of community service opportunities. Click below to learn more about our current offerings.

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  • Admission

    Selected students in this service serve as Head Tour Guides in the Admission Office. They work closely with the admission staff to organize campus tours, lead tours for prospective students and their families during their free periods, make announcements in assemblies about upcoming tours, and assist in Revisit Days and other admission events.
  • Athletics Communication Fellow

    Our athletics communication fellow works to assist the Director of Athletics with regards to marketing and branding both on and off campus. The athletics communication fellow works with numerous multimedia equipment and programs to film games and practces and produce video content. These students are students who are interested in video production, athletics, and Millbrook school spirit!
  • Athletics Schedule Monitor

    This community service involves cross referencing Millbrook’s athletic events with other schools. This student utilizes information from the web to confirm athletic event dates and times, as well as reports any discrepancies to Mr. Krauss.
  • Attendance

    These students coordinate assembly, forum, chapel talk, and formal dinner attendance. Members also serve as deans’ assistants to the Academic Office and the Dean of Students office. The service takes on two additional mission-based initiatives each year.
  • Childcare

    Students in this service care for faculty children when faculty are attending to school responsibilities. Students interview and submit a reference, and once accepted, receive training prior to caring for any children.
  • College Counseling

    Students in this service play a role in supporting the ongoing and critical process of informing students about opportunities for their post-Millbrook educational plans. In doing so, engaging with peers is essential and an integral part of the college counseling community service. The student(s) in this service enjoy helping others, are well-organized, and have an interest in public speaking, communicating with peers, and engaging the Millbrook community to think broadly about college.
  • Community Service Council

    The student members of the Community Service Council (CSC) help run Millbrook’s longstanding Community Service Program. If students are found to struggle to perform in his/her service, they will meet with the CSC to discuss and problem-solve. As such, this service only meets on an as-needed basis and will is a secondary community service for students that volunteer.
  • Current Events

    Students work together to inform and educate the community about global events
    outside of Millbrook School. Each student writes summaries of the current news surrounding noteworthy topics, including helpful links and varying opinions. These summaries are shared weekly with the community via email. To participate, students should be eager to read and write daily.
  • Dorm Leaders

    Selected by the faculty, these student leaders provide essential support for maintaining
    a safe and healthy environment in the dormitories to which they are assigned.

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  • Environmental Council

    Environmental Council promotes sustainability by integrating environmental stewardship into programs, policies, and activities on campus. The Council recommends and implements projects that support our mission of stewardship of the natural world and goal of carbon neutrality, which could include energy efficiency and conservation, community awareness and involvement, and renewable energy initiatives. The Council is composed of students, faculty, and staff. These students will have a real and meaningful impact on the school in both the short and long-term. The community service may sometimes meet outside the regular community service periods.
  • Fire Safety

    Want to help keep our buildings safe? Want to learn about all of the buildings oncampus? Want to perform a very important service for the community? If you answered yes to any of these questions then the Fire Safety community service may be for you. This service checks emergency lights, fire extinguishers, emergency exits, student rooms for safety, reports problems to maintenance, and makes periodic safety announcements.
  • Gardening/Greenhouse

    Millbrook maintains a state-of-the-art mobile greenhouse, which supports our commitment to community gardening, composting, and hands-on work. Students participating in this community service grow and deliver produce to our dining hall, among other duties.
  • Hamilton Math and Science Center

    Students in this service help serve a dual role in the Hamilton Math and Science Center. First, they assist the Science Department in maintaining its laboratories and equipment, along with setting up laboratory experiments whenever needed. Additionally, students prepare and maintain displays, as well as care and maintain classroom spaces throughout the facility.
  • Harris-Keenan Language Center

    Students in this service work closely with the staff of the World Language Department to oversee the operation and maintenance of the Harris-Kenan Language Center. Duties include downloading international news programming, updating the bulletin boards, and taking physical care of the space.
  • Headwaiters

    Students who are a part of this service are important to the smooth and efficient
    functioning of the dining hall. Their work includes making sure that students assigned to dishwashing and food serving do their jobs properly, among other duties. NOTE: Duty consists of one day each week - a breakfast meal or a dinner meal. This position is NOT available to III and IV formers.
  • Holbrook Arts Center

    This service provides students with an interest in any element of the arts to
    acquire new skills or enhance existing ones. Those who are a part of this service will play critical roles in supporting the needs of this multi-faceted facility. You will help to maintain the studio art, music, ceramics, set design, costume, and dance rooms, as well as the Warner Gallery, the Murray Photo Studio, and the Morrison Theater. One student will also be assigned the responsibility of printing materials for the community.
  • Holbrook Technology

    Students in this service develop the skills to monitor and run the sound and
    lighting devices in the Chelsea Morrison Theater. The tech crew is responsible for audio and video presentations in the theater throughout the year. These vary from assemblies, chapel talks, and forums to random special events. While the obligations during the CS block tend to be light, this service requires frequent work in the evenings and weekends when many of these events occur. In addition to the work this community service does to support Forums, Chapel Talks, Guest Speakers, etc., it also supports some of the technical needs of the fall play and winter musical.

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  • Library

    This service groups cares for the physical books and library space, as well as informing the community about library updates.
  • Maintenance Support Service

    This service offers the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff of professionals who maintain Millbrook's buildings, grounds, and equipment. In this service students learn about buildings and grounds work, get to know some great people, and make a difference in the life of the school.
  • Mills Athletic Center

    This group performs a number of duties that keep the Mills Athletic Center
    functional for our students, faculty, and guests. From cleaning and organizing the weight room to processing team uniforms, we work with the athletic department to better serve our community. Other duties include preparing the basketball court, squash courts, and lobby for game day activities.
  • Outreach

    Students participating in Outreach educate the members of the school community about human service needs that exist beyond the campus, and help address some of those needs in the local area. In the past they have collected and distributed used clothing and nonperishable food, engaged in fundraising for charities, worked with Astor Home of Rhinebeck and Dutchess Outreach, as well as participated in the NYC Midnight Run Program, Crop Walk, and organized donations to Kiva.
  • Peer Counselors

    These select students provide essential support by way of peer counseling in the
    dormitories to which they are assigned, and in addition they work closely with the Human Development facilitators.
  • Post Office

    This community service is in charge of the school's student Post Office and the delivery of packages to students. In addition to sorting mail and packages during community service and in the afternoon, the Post Office also opens in the evening to make packages available to students.
  • Recycling

    As a community we consume an incredible number of resources such as paper, food, fuel and electricity. The mission of this service is to facilitate the proper disposal of recyclable materials. The challenge is great, but even greater is the opportunity to make a significant difference in how, as a community, we make use of our resources. Join with us in one of Millbrook’s biggest and most active services, one which is particularly well-suited for day students because we have no night or weekend responsibilities.
  • School Store

    This service operates a small merchandising business in the Barn, providing school
    and class supplies, clothing, art supplies, and other personal items. Students in this service are responsible for all the procedures necessary to run a store, including inventory, ordering, bookkeeping, selling, and preparation of bills.
  • Schoolhouse

    The Schoolhouse sommunity service is responsible for the regular physical upkeep of
    Schoolhouse, including the classrooms, the library, and the extensive common spaces. Working closely with the school's maintenance staff, students will do some hands-on work, such as cleaning the desks, display cases, and pictures, moving chairs and tables for special events, and maintaining the bulletin boards, whiteboards, and other classroom essentials. Students may also engage in other projects as needed, assisting the office staff in the Schoolhouse with mailings, announcements, and important events planning.

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  • Silo Editor

    The people filling this position will be selected by the outgoing editors and the advisor to The Silo. Often, Silo editors serve not as their official community service, but in addition to other positions on campus. The job entails managing staff writers, editing copy, assigning articles, making decisions about the journalistic priorities of the paper, and handling comments from the Millbrook community. It also involves the electronic publication of weekly The Stang. Editors report to the advisor of the paper.
  • Silo Layout Editor

    The student in this position will be selected by the outgoing editors and the
    faculty advisor of The Silo. Often, layout editors serve not as their official community service, but in addition to other positions on campus. The job requires working knowledge of InDesign software. The layout editor must be absolutely reliable in meeting deadlines, often under pressure. Work as layout editor will be done beyond the hours of the community service block. The layout editor reports to the editors.
  • Silo Staff Writers

    Silo reporters who are assigned to this community service will be expected to meet
    each community service block. They will spend time gathering data and/or interviews for stories, writing stories, and editing copy from other reporters. Staff writers will be selected by the editors, with supervision from the faculty advisor. Staff writers report to the editors of the paper, but will also be supervised directly by the faculty advisor to the paper.
  • Student Life Liasons

    The Student Life Liaisons will help to maintain a positive, healthy, and enjoyable experience for students in the Barn and on the weekends. They will be responsible for the upkeep of the Barn during peak hours, develop ideas and regulations toward that aim, and hold their peers accountable by reporting misbehavior to the faculty member in charge or the Director of Weekend Activities. Students will commit to two nights a week to Barn duty. The group will also assist the Director of Weekend Programs with generating ideas for weekend activities and their execution. They will meet during the community service period to discuss student life and identify ways to gather student input for weekend activities.
  • Study Hall Proctors

    Students in this service will assist the faculty in helping to run supervised study hall as well as evening study hall in the library. Duties consists of two nights each week:one night in SUPY and one night in the library. This position is NOT available to III and IV formers.
  • Technology Associates

    The Technology Associates (TA) help support the use of technology across campus, from printers to AV systems. Technology Associates not only learn the basics of desktop computing and support, but also teach mini-classes on new technologies as they relate to both education and entertainment.
  • Trevor Zoo

    The Trevor Zoo, with its collection of more than 180 animals and nine endangered
    species, provides a unique opportunity for students to work directly with wildlife. Each student on the zoo community service is responsible for a particular animal or group of animals. Over the course of the year, a student receives three different animal assignments, thereby gaining a variety of experiences with the animal collection. Third formers spend one third of the year at the zoo as part of their rotation. Feeding is
    done on a daily basis (weekends included) by the student keeper. Working at the zoo requires dedication and responsibility and can be an extremely rewarding experience.
  • Trevor Zoo Kitchen Supervisors

    Students participating in this servie group learn the zoo’s safety policies and specific
    tasks related to the kitchen, including animal diets, where to restock food items, assign kitchen zooies clean-up tasks and otherwise be a “manager” of that space.
  • Website

    Students participating in Millbrook's website community service assist the Communications Office in helping to maintain an effective, creative, and up-to-date website and social media presence for the school. They interview faculty and students, film athletics events and assemblies, create Snapchat geofilters and Instagram videos, and develop pump-up and recap videos for major events like Winter Weekend.
  • Yearbook

    The Tamarack is the school’s yearbook, and students working in this community serbice work on layout, advertising design, photography, and the business of the production.

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