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," as well as serve in the local community; however, it's common for students to volunteer considerable time beyond the built-in community service periods. Whether feeding the endangered red wolves at night, teaching music lessons to local children, 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.

Service is perfectly expressed in our motto—Non Sibi Sed Cunctis (not for oneself, 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.

Returning IVth, Vth, and VIth form students remain with a community service for the entire academic year. NewIVth, Vth, or VIth formers are required to complete two semesters of community service during the academic year, which each student being required to complete one semester at the Trevor Zoo and another semester in a service of their choosing. All IIIrd form students participate in three different services on a rotating basis. These students will spend approximately ten weeks in each of the following services: the zoo, recycling, and the farm.

Community Service Catalog

List of 10 items.

  • Activities

    Do you want to help plan what you do on the weekend? This service helps in the preparing, planning, and advertising of campus activities that happen both during the week and on the weekend. CS members assist in integrating new activities into the weekend program and in solving logistical concerns of existing activities. Students also help make the weekend team assembly announcements and keep the community informed of upcoming activities. This service may sometimes meet outside of the regular community service periods.
  • Archives

    The Archives Community Service is preserving the history and legacy of Millbrook School. If you enjoy history, photography, film and video, and have a love for all things related to Millbrook, this is the service for you. You’ll learn about digitizing all forms of media as we create a computerized collection to bring Millbrook’s Archives into the 21st Century.
  • Athletics Schedule Monitor

    This community service involves cross referencing Millbrook’s athletic events with other schools. The person selected for this service would utilize information from the web to confirm athletic event dates and times, and report any and all discrepancies to the Athletic Director (Mr. Krauss).
  • Attendance

    This community service will coordinate assemblies, forums, chapel talks, 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.
  • Break the Bubble

  • Childcare

    Students in this service care for faculty children when faculty are attending to school responsibilities. Thursday night faculty meetings and Saturday morning classes are obvious area of need but others may be identified once the service is up and running. Students in this community service must be approved by a select group of faculty and receive training.
  • College Counseling & Alumni and Development

    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, introducing students to the Millbrook network, and supporting efforts that build a culture of philanthropy in the Millbrook community. The student(s) in this service should enjoy helping others, be well organized, and have an interest in public speaking, communicating with peers, and engaging the community to think broadly about college and life as future alumni of Millbrook School.
  • Dorm Leaders

    The dorm leaders are selected by the current dorm faculty along with the Dean of Students and the Dean of Residential Life. Dorm leaders provide essential support for maintaining a safe and healthy environment in the dormitories to which they are assigned. They complete dorm duty at least once a week and all dorm leaders meet as a group during the Tuesday Community Service period.
  • Ed Tech

    The Ed Tech Community Service identifies new technologies that Millbrook’s teachers could be using in their classes and teaches people how to use them. They gain expertise in using a wide range of technology tools, and host technology playground events to share that expertise with others. They have the opportunity to effect real change by bringing new ideas and educational tools into Millbrook’s classrooms.
  • 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 Millbrook's 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. Each dorm will have a representative on the Council, who serves as a liaison to enhance community involvement. These students will have a real and meaningful impact on the school in both the short and longterm. The community service may sometimes meet outside of the regular community service periods.

List of 9 items.

  • Farm

    Millbrook maintains a state-of-the-art mobile greenhouse, which supports our commitment to community gardening, composting, and hands-on work. We are growing our own produce and delivering it to our dining hall. Also, we are working on expanding the Millbrook School Farm by adding one acre of no-till field. Required of all IIIrd formers, this service is also open to all upperformers, and has two leadership roles: Farm Curator and Principle Farmer.
  • Fire Safety

    Want to help keep our buildings all safe? Want to learn about all of the buildings on campus? Want to perform a very important service for the community? If you answered yes to any of these, then the Fire Safety community service may be for you. This service checks emergency lights, fire extinguishers, emergency exits, student rooms for safety, and reports problems to maintenance and dorm heads.
  • General Services

    The General Services Community Service is responsible for parts of the regular upkeep of the Schoolhouse as well as general services for the entire campus. This includes maintaining all the classrooms and the extensive common spaces in Schoolhouse.Students will do some cleaning of display cases in Schoolhouse, maintain the K-cup coffee station in the faculty room, help set tables for formal advisor lunches on Tuesday, clean the athletic busses, and from time to time engage in other projects as needed around campus.
  • Hamilton Math and Science Center

    Students in this service help in the Hamilton Math and Science Center by way of maintaining classroom spaces throughout the facility, helping to keep track of math supplies, and assisting the Science Department in maintaining its laboratories and equipment.

  • Headwaiters

    Students who are a part of this service are important to the smooth, efficient functioning of the dining hall. Their work includes, but is not limited to, making sure that students assigned to dishwashing and food serving do their jobs properly and well. This service is a good place to test and develop leadership skills. NOTE: Duty consists of one day weekly: a breakfast meal and 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 and direct roles in supporting the needs of this multi-faceted facility. You will help to maintain the studio art, music, ceramics, scene shop, set design, costume, and dance rooms, as well as the Warner Gallery, the Murray Photo Studio, and the Morrison Theater.
  • 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 academic year. 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 that this community service does to support Forums, Chapel Talks, Guest Speakers, and other events, they are also responsible for the general maintenance and upkeep of theater spaces. On occasion, they will be asked to help support the fall play and musical production needs.
  • Library

    The library community service is responsible for creating displays, planning and promoting library events, and writing book reviews to promote reading on campus. Students involved help librarians make decisions about which new books to buy and how to decorate the library for holidays and special themed months. The library also hosts special events in the evenings, and the library community service helps with both generating ideas and planning the events.
  • Literacy Connections

    Students volunteer in the Northeast Dutchess and Poughkeepsie communities on literacy needs, including tutoring adult English language learners at ESL classes in Pawling and Millbrook. Students in this service will attend one of the two ESL classes offered weekly, help publicize the club’s efforts to the general student population, recruit new members, and assist in creating curricular material.

List of 11 items.

  • Literary Magazine

    Are you interested in learning how to use software for layout editing? Do you like finding creative student work and sharing it with the community? Do you want to create and publish a literary magazine? Then this is the service for you! This is the new home for The Mill. Students in this service gather written and visual work from both students and faculty, organize what they collect, and then produce the magazine to share the content.
  • Millbrook Ambassadors

    Selected students will serve the as Head Tour Guides in the Admission Office.  They work closely with the Admission staff and among their primary duties is organizing campus tours for prospective students. Head Tour Guides are depended on to give many tours during their free periods, as well as help to notify other students of their upcoming tours and make announcements in assemblies. HTGs assist in Revisit Days and other admission events. This position is for those interested in being heavily depended on by the admission office and to prepare for future leadership positions on/around campus.
  • Millbrook in Motion

  • 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.
  • Music Lessons

    This group provides music lessons in piano, drums, and guitar to children in the local community. Members of the Music Lesson CS are responsible for planning, teaching, and reflecting on their lesson each week. Each member will teach a minimum of 2 half hour lessons one evening a week in Holbrook. They will also meet at least once a week during community service block to plan their lessons and reflect. The group will also be responsible for advertising the lessons within the local community.
  • Outreach

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

    16 Peer Counselors are chosen annually by the faculty Human Development facilitators and the outgoing Peer Counselors. The selected students provide emotional support in the dorms, and facilitate the IVth form Human Development groups throughout the year. The Peer Counselors meet as a group during the Tuesday community service block.
  • Photography

    This student will be responsible for photographing and editing student artwork for competition entries, summer program applications and documentation for the school. The student may choose to work outside of the community service block. He or she should have strong working knowledge of camera settings including aperture, shutter speed and ISO, Camera Raw edits in Photoshop, and continuous studio lighting. Ideally this student will have his or her own camera, but it will be possible to use a school camera if not.
  • Poster

    One student participates in the Poster CS each year, and that student handles poster design requests from the community. He or she may also design fliers, logos and other forms of communication design. This student should be proficient with Photoshop, Illustrator or other design software. He or she is responsible for communicating with faculty members who make requests and collaborating with the Printing CS to print the completed designs. This work can be completed during the CS block or during the student’s free time. Attention to detail is a must!
  • Post Office

    This community service is in charge of the student post office. Responsibilities include sorting mail for students and labeling packages. This service will work out of the newly designed post office space in the lower level of Prum. Students in the service will be expected to work a total of 3 hours a week in the post office and will sign up for shifts. Post office hours are as follows:

    • Moday - Friday: 7:15 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
    • Saturday: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

  • Printing

    This student handles print requests from the community, including large and medium format prints from the two Epson printers in the photo studio. This student should be either familiar or willing to learn how to use each printer and file types/sizes. He or she is also responsible for communicating with faculty members who make requests. This work can be completed during the CS block or during the student’s free time. Attention to detail is a must!

List of 10 items.

  • Recycling

    As a community we consume—and waste—an incredible number of resources such as paper, food, fuel and electricity. The mission of this service is 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

    The service in the school store meets twice a week, typically once during the morning and once at night, to operate the cash register, to fold clothes, to help to restock items, and to assist the adult staff with projects from time to time.
  • Silo Editor

    The people filling this position will be selected by the out-going editors and the advisor of 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 people filling this position will be selected by the out-going editors and the advisor to 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 Adobe InDesign software. The layout editor must be absolutely reliable in meeting deadlines, often under pressure caused by late submissions to the paper. 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 staff writers, or "reporters," are expected to meet each community service block. They spend their time gathering information for stories (e.g., data, interviews), writing the stories, editing copy from other reporters, and helping to produce The Silo and its sister electronic newsletter, theStang, each week.

    Staff writers are selected by the in-coming and out-going editors, with supervision from the advisor.

    Staff writers report to the editors of the paper, but will be supervised directly by the advisor to the paper.
  • Study Hall Proctors

    Students in this service assist the assigned faculty in helping to run the three evening study hall spaces—Silent Study, the Library, and H-block. Duty consists of two nights weekly. This position is NOT available to III and IV formers.
  • Thrift Store

    The Thrift Store Community Service is responsible for creating a sustainable, community practice of dealing with clothing, dorm room items, and other small items donated to Outreach. They will work to provide a way to upcycle the majority of clothing Outreach receives and create revenue to be reinvested in Outreach efforts and in the store. They will maintain a virtual store and/or pop up shops so community members can “buy” items. They will organize inventory, communicate items to the community, monitor the “selling” of items, and arrange the distribution of goods. This service will work closely with the Outreach Community Service.
  • Trevor Zoo

    The Trevor Zoo, with its collection of more than 150 animals and ten endangered species, provides a unique opportunity for students to work directly with wildlife and participate in the conservation efforts of an AZA Accredited zoo.  Students in the zoo community service rotate around the zoo each community service period, with a wide-ranging, hands-on exposure to all aspects of animal care, enrichment, exhibit maintenance and diet preparation.  Third formers spend one third of the academic year at the zoo as part of their rotation. Upperclass and returning students can become student curators, helping the zoo staff operate the zoo and overseeing other Zooies. At the zoo, animal care goes on throughout the day, and students are encouraged to visit the zoo outside of community service periods (and often required for our student curators) to get additional experience including observing weekly visits from our Veterinarian. Working at the zoo requires dedication and responsibility but can be an extremely rewarding experience - one only Millbrook’s students have the opportunity to participate in.
  • Writing Center

    Tutors selected for Millbrook’s Writing Center may request to fulfill this role as their community service. In addition to staffing the Writing Center on Wednesday evenings, tutors in this community service will be available for writing tutoring during two other periods each week. They will also work to update the writing center’s web page with up-to-date writing help materials, and assignments and rubrics from Millbrook teachers.
  • Yearbook

    Students in this community service have two main responsibilities: First, the creative team takes and edits photos, creates layouts, and designs the “look" of the yearbook. If you have an eye for design or you’re comfortable behind the camera, this is for you! The administrative team manages all the fine details—organizing and tracking content, managing deadlines, and running the business of ad sales. If you’re all about the details, organizing ideas, and setting and meeting deadlines, this is for you! Lots of opportunity for leadership here.
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