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Community Service Day
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The entire Taft community participated in our annual Community Service day on Monday, October 23rd. This day is dedicated entirely to focusing on our school motto, 'Non Ut Sibi Sed Ut Ministretur'- not to be served but to serve. Students and faculty were assigned to numerous volunteer jobs that would help improve the communities around Taft, including the towns of Watertown, Waterbury and Woodbury. Projects ranged from helping kids with their schoolwork at Judson Elementary to clearing local rivers of tires.
Over the past few years, I’ve spent the day raking leaves, cleaning up trash and sorting through donated clothing at a local church. This year, I worked with a few other girls from the soccer team as well as the girls JV and varsity coach to run a soccer clinic for young boys and girls who spent the day at Taft. Some kids enjoyed playing with the ball in their own world, some were silly beyond belief, as if they had been fed pounds of sugar prior to playing and some were extremely competitive and disregarded every rule of soccer, (including “no hands”). However, all were enthusiastic and very entertaining, making our day that much more eventful.
At the end of my last Community Service Day at Taft, (although it feels very corny to say), I’m very proud of the works my teachers and peers accomplish every year. Factors such as strong team work, light-heartedness and positive attitudes makes this day enjoyable for everyone involved. On top of that, the Taft faculty and student body’s commitment and eagerness to be a part of the greater surrounding community and to give back is both reassuring and inspiring.
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I'm Caroline, a senior from Rye, NY. Last year I was a monitor in a lower-school dorm, however this year I live with a bunch of my friends in the upper school girls dorm, or "the rock". I'm co-captain of the girls soccer team at Taft, which has been a huge part of my life here for the past four years. However, I'm also very involved in community service, serving on the volunteer board, a committee that focuses not only on raising money and awareness for various causes but also encouraging the entire student body to participate in volunteer opportunities. I also serve as president of the Red Rhino Foundation, which strives to aid local charities. Having amazing relationships with my teachers, dorm faculty, friends, teamates etc., I would say my favorite part of Taft is the close community we have. The atmosphere of students and faculty supporting each other in sports, the arts, and academics allows every member of the school to feel comfortable in this home environment and truly lucky to be a part of Taft.