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Helping with Food Security

Posted by Andrew Mottur '21 on Apr 9, 2020 1:18:04 PM

The church that I go to with my family, Newman UCC in Rumford, RI, is the site of the Bread of Life Food Pantry. The pantry is a collaboration of six local churches that distribute food two Tuesdays a month.

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Topics: Service Learning

Community Service Reaches Out

Posted by Riley Suh ’20 on Nov 25, 2019 4:12:22 PM

As we approach the holiday season, Tabor’s Community Service Board is busy planning seasonal offerings for community outreach. The board, comprised of 15 students who were chosen based on their commitment to service, is advised by faculty members.

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Topics: Service Learning

Tabor Service in Vietnam

Posted by Gary Lawrence on Jul 10, 2019 1:39:57 PM

In June a group of Tabor students and chaperones spent ten days in Vietnam for our fifth annual Southeast Asian Service program.

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Topics: Service Learning

Our Special Olympics Club

Posted by Gabrielle Barresi ’19 on Jan 21, 2019 2:01:12 PM

For the past two years, the Special Olympics Club at Tabor Academy has been hosting and attending a multitude of different activities celebrating the athletic achievement of intellectually impaired athletes.

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Topics: Service Learning

Enjoying Tomatoes

Posted by Khiem Le ’19 on Nov 21, 2018 11:07:53 AM

Tomatoes, you may be surprised to learn, is a community service organization at Tabor. Every weekend, we gather our members and walk the 10-minute walk to the Sippican Health Center of Marion where we hold a 30 to 45-minute recital for the elderly residents who live there.

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Topics: Service Learning

Spread the Word… Tabor Loves Special Olympics

Posted by Talli O’Leary ’19 on May 22, 2018 1:48:12 PM

With the Special Olympics club looking to start its fourth year of activity at Tabor, we are starting to spread beyond the student body and connect with the outside community through various campaigns and programs.

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Topics: Service Learning

Sharing a Passion for Crew

Posted by Jackson Cederholm ’19 on Apr 5, 2018 12:48:43 PM

This fall, I started reaching out to college rowing coaches in hopes of continuing to pursue one of my passions at the next level when I graduate next year. In an email I received from one coach, there was a link at the bottom that brought me to a video about a partnership between their rowing team and Special Olympics that brought Special Olympics athletes to their boathouse and introduced them to the sport of rowing.

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Topics: Service Learning

A Healing Service

Posted by Chase Compson '18 on Apr 4, 2018 9:44:40 AM

This year, I started a project at Tabor that a family friend of mine began 10 years ago called the Box of Fun Project, a service project to bring joy to hospitalized children. This project originally began in 2005 when my family friend, Jack, who was 9 years old, was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

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Topics: Service Learning

Musicians at Tabor form Service Group

Posted by Jack Shi '17 on Nov 21, 2016 10:50:19 AM

To my freshman self four years ago, leadership sounded like a far-fetched idea. Playing saxophone is definitely one of my biggest passions in life, but as the last-seat saxophone in wind ensemble and a “newbie” in jazz band, what could I do to make a real impact?

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Topics: The Arts, Service Learning

Bringing the "R-Word" Campaign to Tabor

Posted by Leah Wolff '19 on Feb 17, 2016 4:01:42 PM

The "R word" campaign to me is all about bringing awareness to our community here at Tabor. I hear the "R word" very often and never thought much of it. Now that I have been working with young athletes with intellectual impairments once a week, I see how capable they really are. The children improve on their skills every week, whether its shooting hoops or kicking a soccer ball they put their best effort into everything they do. Using the "R word" with a negative demeanor is hurtful. After seeing many "R word" campaigns online I thought it would be effective to make one here at Tabor. It truly was, hearing some of the personal stories was amazing and really helped to make the video more personal. I have already seen a huge impact in our Tabor community.

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Topics: Tabor Academy, Student Life, Service Learning, Global Citizens, Campus Life

Tabor's Service Learning in Vietnam-- Saigon to Cai Be

Posted by ksaltonstall on Jun 25, 2015 11:53:30 AM

Tabor students and faculty are immersed in a service learning trip to Vietnam. Students will be writing their recaps and thoughts on the whole experience, which we will post to Tabor Talk. Check back frequently for updates!

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Topics: Tabor Academy, Cultural exchange, Student Life, Service Learning

Mercy Meals

Posted by ksaltonstall on Oct 5, 2014 8:23:26 PM
By Rick DaSilva '89, faculty

Greetings from Tabor! I wanted to take a moment to share with you a very meaningful experience that my advisor group took part in during Tabor’s recent Day of Service.

Last year, our group helped paint a map at the playground at our nearby elementary school, but this year I opted for a more communal and hopefully profound experience that would give our students an opportunity to connect with people. Rising in the early morning darkness of 5am, with a quick stop at Dunkin' Donuts, we headed off to Mercy Meals in New Bedford to help with their daily breakfast service.

Mercy Meals provides meals for people in need in the greater New Bedford community. I was curious how our students would react in a setting that was going to connect them with people who were from so many different situations and so unlike the people they interact with every day.

What happened upon our arrival was, to put it simply, amazing. As soon as we walked through the doors, our entire group engaged immediately setting up tables and unfolding chairs. It was incredible to see how quickly they jumped in to help and to greet and introduce themselves to all the other volunteers, all while helping in every way they could, whether asked or not. Our volunteer cooks started learning how to make omelets, french toast, sausages and pancakes, while the rest busied themselves finishing the table setting and prep. By 6:45am the cafeteria was ready to serve all who came through the doors.

After a short morning prayer, breakfast began and every seat at the seven tables was filled. The students were confident and ready now; taking orders with kind smiles, serving coffee and juice, preparing eggs to order, and flipping pancakes and french toast. All of the 150 or so people that came through the doors at Mercy Meals were met with happy faces, ones that represented not just those they might be familiar with, but also our new faces, ones they did not know, faces from near and far: Africa, Korea, Japan and China. Conversations began, hands were shook, and laughter could be heard over the calls for orders and the often quiet but genuine thank you's. After 40 minutes, it was over as quickly as it had begun. The dishes were cleared, washed, and put away, the griddles were cleaned, and the tables and chairs were returned to their places. The kids were all smiling and laughing with the regular volunteers and staff who praised them for their kindness and their willingness to work so hard feeding people they didn't know and would never see again.

When we all got back into the bus, I took a moment to tell them how proud I was for what they had done and, more importantly, how they had done it. My praise was met with smiles. Mercy Meals’ motto is to “Begin the Day With Hope,” and from what I witnessed and heard from the other volunteers, this group helped make that happen.

As advisors, we often have experiences like this with our advisees, when truly incredible events happen and the students rise up and prove themselves, but usually the moments get forgotten as “you should’ve been there” moments. I hope this post will let this moment live a bit longer.

I could not have been more proud of our students.

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Topics: Tabor Academy, Service Learning