Community Service Day

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“Community Service Day is one of the most important events on our calendar. It is both proof and reminder of Mr. Taft’s motto—Not to be served but to serve—and a great way to maintain strong, enduring ties between Taft and the community.” Headmaster Willy MacMullen '78

Established in 1995, Community Service Day is the embodiment of our school motto. For one day in October, the Taft community sets lessons, homework, and daily academic life aside to dedicate themselves in full to serving the greater Watertown community. More than 700 strong, Tafties lead projects both on and off campus, serving more than 60 individual constituent groups and organizations in at least a dozen area towns.

Students may opt for manual labor—clearing brush and trash to prepare the site of Watertown’s new Greenway, or splitting and stacking wood from fallen trees at one of the local nature centers—or inspire young learners in the classroom, teaching physics, chemistry, or a foreign language to local students. Tafties host sports clinics, rake leaves, paint murals, serve at food kitchens and food banks, and repair and renovate buildings. In short, if there is work to be done, Taft students lend a hand. And build relationships: Many Taft students continue to lend their time and talents to our Community Service Day partner organizations throughout the academic year. On the eve of graduation, Taft seniors embark on a Senior Community Service Day, where they return one more time to serve the organizations they have come to know well during their time at Taft.

To suggest a partner or project for Taft’s annual Community Service Day, contact Sarah Gray.