Inspired by the school motto—not to be served but to serve—Taft's Volunteer Program serves a variety of local constituencies. Students have the opportunity to participate in a program by choosing community service as their extracurricular activity.
Although the tradition of service has long been part of the Taft experience, an annual Community Service Day has been organized every year since 1995. On that day, all students and faculty devote a day to service with the mission to reach out to the community and to expose students to the joys of helping others.
Each year a number of service trips are also offered, over March vacation or in June. For several years students have returned to Outreach 360 in the Dominican Republic and the God’s Child Project in Guatemala.
For more information about Taft’s Volunteer Program, please contact Baba Frew.
If your organization would like help on Community Service Day, contact Jamella Lee at 860-945-7888.
Taft is deeply committed to environmental stewardship. As a member of the Green Schools Alliance as a Climate Steward, Taft is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint through constant evaluation of the school’s energy and material consumption, waste stream, efficient technology opportunities and sustainable behavior.
Green dorm rooms and offices are encouraged through our Green Rhino Certification Program, where students and faculty can apply to have their space audited and approved as a low environmental impact room. Our EcoMon program is designed to help develop future leaders of environmental consciousness.
While events and education take place throughout the year, the Earth Day Green Fair in April is a highlight of the year, reaching out to members of the community outside of Taft to bring their knowledge and passion for sustainable living to campus.
The Taft School in partnership with the City of Waterbury, Waterbury Public Schools and the Police Activities League (PAL) is launching the Center for Global Leadership and Service. Premised on the philosophy, "think globally, act locally" the center will allow students from Taft and Waterbury Public Schools to collaboratively explore global issues while developing leadership skills to address them.
A matching grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation has enabled Taft to partner with Waterbury leaders in developing three primary programs of the Center for Global Leadership and Service: Mentorship Programs, a Global Leadership Institute (GLI), and a Collaborative Service Learning Course. The Ford Foundation grant is provided through the Edward E. Ford Foundation Educational Leadership Grant initiative (www.eeford.org), which supports programs that are generative, transformational, replicable and include partnerships.
For more information about the Center for Global Leadership and Service, contact Jamella Lee at 860-945-7888.
Living the Taft Motto
Service Day Quilt Project
Taft partners with the National Urban Squash and Education Association
Taft students and faculty built four houses in addition to other service projects
Morning Meeting remarks by Drum Bell ’63
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