Lauren Boucher, Director of Community Service, and her student board of directors should be feeling pretty proud! For the third year in a row, Tabor Service has been recognized by PIN (Parents’ Independent School Network, Inc.). The group awards cash prizes to schools with exceptional service projects to support their projects with an organization they serve.
Tabor has many ongoing weekly service projects like Juntos, Amigos, You & Me, and Special Olympics. We also engage in many sporadic efforts like our twice-yearly service mornings, blood drives, athletic team service projects, the TechSeedz effort, and programming for various experiences with Alma del Mar and Our Sisters’ School. Ms. Boucher and her team, as well as our teachers and students, do a great deal for the community and we are so proud of their effort. It is nice to see them recognized.
Because we could only choose one project to highlight for the application, as the award is a grant meant to support our work with a specific organization, Ms. Boucher chose our project with YOU & ME in New Bedford. YOU (Youth Opportunities Unlimited) serves students from schools in the South End of New Bedford, an area with a majority of families in need.
Every Thursday night, from October through May, a group of 7-10 Tabor Academy students travel to Youth Opportunities Unlimited to mentor middle school students. They participate in icebreakers, arts and crafts, games, poetry writing, and discussion. Boucher said, “Throughout the evening Tabor students serve as mentors who empower the middle schoolers to be aware of their assets in hopes that one day they too will become mentors. The same group of middle schoolers participates in YOU & ME for a full school year, which allows close bonds to form between the students.”
Boucher said, “The Tabor students who participate in YOU & ME are a team. They connect with particular middle schoolers, not only teaching them new skills, but also sharing their love for games, science, poetry, music, and engineering. By showing up week after week, our students learn the importance of personal responsibility and actively practice care for others and committed citizenship, two of Tabor’s most important tenets. YOU & ME is a big commitment at the end of a busy day.”
Roberta Fisher ’19, a four-year participant at YOU & ME, is learning from the professionals there about youth engagement for her senior project; it is the perfect place to learn! She shared, “The most meaningful aspect of working with YOU is knowing that the kids are going home with smiles on their faces. It’s rewarding to know that they look forward to having us play games and spend time with them at YOU.”
Well done and thank you, Seawolves! Take a moment to enjoy the limelight before heading back to serve!