The cooperative work (co-op) program builds community at George School. By engaging students in a collective effort to maintain various aspects of George School life, it opens the door for new friendships and a shared sense of pride in the school. Co-op assignments teach students about responsibility, teamwork, and time management, offering valuable work experience. Money saved through the program is budgeted for financial aid, as it has been since 1942 when the program was established. Throughout their four years at George School, all students are required to spend between 60 and 90 minutes per week doing on-campus service through the co-op program while school is in session. Co-op assignments, available in nearly every academic and administrative department on campus, include duties such as dining room/kitchen work; maintenance of classrooms, science laboratories, arts studios, dormitories, and campus grounds; clerical and multimedia tasks; and peer tutoring. Depending upon a student’s interest and schedule and the needs of the school, he or she may receive a new co-op assignment each term or keep the same one for several years.