Oliver Simon '20 leads MBS faculty through interactive activity
At Morristown-Beard School, we believe that community service challenges students, now and later in life, to become self-reflective and aware of the needs of others. The higher purpose envisioned by our Community Service Program is to foster an acute and practical awareness of the dignity of “the other” in each individual.
Each student is required to complete eight hours of community service each semester and to complete reflections about the experience. Students are permitted to perform on campus service for a portion of their requirement and then must fulfill the remainder of their hours working out in the community.
Helping Near and Far
Each year, students run several on campus drives and fundraisers, such as a community blood drive, a Thanksgiving food drive, and a holiday toy drive, for all to participate. Students work in the local community by volunteering at the Market Street Mission, tutoring children at the Neighborhood House, volunteering at Matheny, working with the Salvation Army bell ringing campaign, and through many more local organizations. The personal interests of students also help forge new partnerships with communities across the globe. Students have sent letters and care packages to soldiers overseas; knit caps and blankets for cancer patients; sent books and supplies to partnered schools in Africa; repaired bikes for the purpose of donation; participated in several walks/runs to raise money and awareness for disease research.
Community Service Trips
Community service trips are taken yearly during breaks, to help expose our community to the needs beyond. Trips in years past have included Habitat for Humanity builds in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida. Students have also traveled internationally to sites such as Peru, Costa Rica, and Thailand to provide various service to local villages.
Give and Surf
Every year Give and Surf hosts over 200 volunteers from around the world to actively engage in education and community development volunteer opportunities that support indigenous communities of Bocas del Toro, Panama. For three weeks in 2018, Morristown-Beard students spent their service trip building and painting a new preschool for the local community. Other students had the opportunity to work directly with kids, helping them learn Spanish and English. When the students were not hard at work, they immersed themselves in Panamanian culture and community.
"Give and Surf was one the greatest experiences of my life. It transformed the way I viewed life and helped me realize what is really important. The community service was truly meaningful and an amazing way to connect with people in a way I have never done before. Give and Surf is a powerful learning experience that I would recommend to anybody." - Charles Naples '17
8th Graders continue partnership with Interfaith Food Pantry
8th Grade continues partnership with Interfaith Food Pantry
MBS collects toys to be distributed by Morris County Park Police
MBS students volunteer with Bridges Outreach in New York City
MBS community collecting toys for local children
Sharon Phelan's advisory assists with local preschool children
Crimson donate to local charities at end-of-season banquet
Sophomores thank service members during the holiday season