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Millbrook Traditions

Part of what makes Millbrook, Millbrook is its commitment to upholding the long-standing traditions that have been intrinsic to the institution since 1931. Many of the traditions carried on today existed as part of the daily life of that first graduating class. These traditions provide a link between current students and alumni, a connection that is unique to Millbrook students--past and present. The following are just some of the many time-honored traditions that still permeate Millbrook's campus.

Students and faculty gather for performances and presentations from well known and often nationally renowned speakers on a variety of topics.
III formers go to Pulling House one night a week to listen to the headmaster read from a book of interest and enjoy a tasty snack. This tradition first began in 1931 with Millbrook's first headmaster and founder, Edward Pulling.
Community service is one of our core values. The weekly schedule is designed to allow students the time to give back in many ways; recycling, care for the animals in the zoo, post office, school store, and fire safety are just a few of the services in which students participate.
One day every semester is declared a FREE DAY! Surprised by an announcement the day before, students can use their free day to read, lounge, study, or sleep in...but they don't have to attend classes!

Science students trudge through the muddy and sometimes chest-deep marsh water to observe and collect specimens. This is a truly hands-on learning experience.
Each year on the eve of the departure for the winter holidays, we gather for one of Millbrook's oldest celebrations - the Candlelight Service. Candlelight is an inclusive reflection of the traditions and talents of our current community. We gather in the Flagler Memorial Chapel to enjoy and participate in a program of readings, reflections, and music.  
New students are welcomed to campus every year at the First Night ceremony. All seniors are honored and bid farewell during the Last Night ceremony.
The longest assembly of the week, Friday assembly is a time for announcements, concerns along with recommendations, stories from which the whole community may benefit, and kudos. 
Winter Weekend is a spirited, competitive, and creative all-school event where the best strategy, teamwork, and energy ultimately result in one dorm being named Winter Weekend Champions. Dorms compete in various events, including a Jeopardy-like College Bowl, pep rally, and a scavenger hunt. Click here to learn more about Winter Weekend.