Tafties visited 50 sites across greater Watertown this week, dedicating themselves to service in the community.
The full Taft community set aside the daily routine of classes, meetings, and academic obligations on Monday, October 21, to fully embrace the school motto, Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret; Not to be served but to serve.
Established in 1995, Community Service Day is a hallmark of service-learning at Taft. This year, students, faculty, and staff visited 50 sites across the greater Watertown region, dedicating their time, energy, and talents to engaging in meaningful projects that support or advance the important work being done by area nonprofit organizations, schools, churches, nature centers, and more. Taft students also hosted local students on the campus, engaging them through activities like sports clinics, science sessions, arts and crafts projects, dance and movement explorations, computer fun, and story hours.
"The day is an embodiment of our motto, 'Not to be served, but to serve,'" says Taft Headmaster Willy MacMullen '78. "Service happens at Taft in countless ways and every week, and we should remember that, but a public day—where we stop our normal business of academics—provides a different kind of affirmation of what we believe in as a school."