The Community Service Program seeks to instill and support a passion for service in Milton Academy’s students, faculty and staff. Through providing a multitude of opportunities from tutoring in local schools, to donating blood, to assisting the elderly, the program strives to provide the Milton community with interesting and meaningful service opportunities. On average, about 250 students perform weekly service at over 30 different organizations in the Greater Boston area. Another 200 students participate in multi-annual events such as the Greater Boston Foodbank, Special Olympics tournaments, the Blood Drive and holiday giving events. The entire Milton community participates in the annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet and the biennial Community Service Day. Each year, the program also supports individual and group initiatives for particular causes, such as overseas orphanages and earthquake relief.
Each March, the Community Service Program sponsors a spring break service trip. For two years, students, faculty and parents traveled to the Mississippi Gulf Coast to help rebuild houses damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Subsequent trips have been to renovate a school building in Belize, community buildings on Navajo Land in Arizona, and homes in rural Appalachia.
For those interested in pursuing service learning coursework, the History and Social Sciences Department offers History in Action for a Sustainable Society. Coursework includes the weekly service commitment at a local site while pursuing readings, journaling, and class projects on issues such as poverty, hunger, homelessness, education and immigration.
Sign up at any time of the year by contacting the Community Service Office (898-2320), Ms. Geyling at firstname.lastname@example.org, a student board member or by sending a message via the MiltOnline Community Service Conference. Click here to download the CS sign up sheet (PDF). Most students are placed according to their schedule preferences in September (pending site needs and transportation). If you miss the informational assembly (Wednesday, September 12, 2012 during period 2) or the "Shoparound" (sign-up fair) Thursday, September 13, we are always happy to give you further information on particular service sites and opportunities. See the following links for more detailed descriptions.
Tutoring and Classroom Assistance
Tutoring with Possible Foreign Language Affiliation
Food Programs and Meal Service
Special Needs Assistance
Afterschool Homework Programs
Arts, Music and Animals