Today, the entire Tabor community stopped our regularly scheduled classes to give back to our community through the first Morning of Service of the year. The entire school was focused on making a positive impact by volunteering on myriad projects in Marion, as well as in our local area.
Students lent a hand by sorting clothes and toys at Gifts to Give, helping elementary students with their math, reading, and research projects at Sippican School, assisting local residents as “Tech Helpers,” clearing invasive species for the Sippican Lands Trust, creating fun gift bags for hospitalized children, and more!
One of our students’ favorite events is working with the Special Olympics. Over 200 Special Olympic athletes from dozens of schools arrived on campus to join with Tabor students for a morning of fun activities we call School Day Games. There was gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, strength drills, bocce ball, soccer, and football drills all around the Fish Center, as well as rowing in the tanks. Our visiting athletes broke into groups and rotated between student and faculty run stations so that everyone got a chance to try each activity. Smiles, high fives, and the raucous sound of cheering filled the halls!
Watching students of all ages and abilities come together to engage in play was an inspiring way to spend the morning. When it was time for the closing ceremonies, all Special Olympic athletes received gold medals and exited out of the Fish Center to find Tabor students lined up on either side of them to give final high-fives and congratulations as they headed off to lunch.
Fostering care and committed citizenship and developing personal responsibility are core values at Tabor Academy, and our two mornings of service each year provide the chance to actively practice what we preach. As students enjoy the feelings of accomplishment and community that service always seems to provide, we hope they will engage more deeply with our more extensive community service options and learn that service is something they can enjoy for life.
With the persistence of environmental change, people across the world are experimenting daily with different adaptive methods on the ground. With support from National Geographic and The Redford Center, filmmaker Alizé Carrère has been documenting innovative human adaptations in places such as Madagascar, Bangladesh, Vanuatu, Norway and the United States. From floating farms in Bangladesh to ice pyramids in the Himalayas, these stories reveal incredible ingenuity and resourcefulness in the face of environmental adversity. Alizé shares her experiences from the field looking at these unique examples of human adaptation, reminding us of the most important trait that has allowed for our continued survival on earth.
Join us for this free lecture in the Stroud Academic Center's Lyndon South Auditorium at 242 Front Street, Marion.
Please join the Tabor Academy choristers for a traditional holiday concert of Christmas music on December 15 at 7:30 PM in Wickenden Chapel, 86 Spring Street, Marion, MA. The event is free and open to the public. The concert will be live-streamed on the Tabor Academy Facebook page.