Shear Benevolence TAFT STUDENTS SHAVED THEIR
heads and cut their hair in February to benefit two charities serving children with cancer. Sponsorship dollars for the bold shavers go directly to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to funding promising research into cures for childhood cancers. Those snipping ponytails sent them to Children With Hair Loss, a nonprofit organization offering no-cost, human hair replacements to children and young adults facing medically-related hair loss.
In the Swim SCIENCE TEACHER CARLY BORKEN spent three months
last winter working on Taft’s new aquatic biomes center, which replaces the old fish tank in Wu lobby. The center incorporates three tanks representing three distinct aquatic biomes: tropical freshwater rivers, coral reefs, and tropical estuaries. As the center relies on sustainable aquarium protocols, all of the fish and corals are captive bred or aquacultured. More organisms will be added as the tanks mature. Special thanks to Angus and Leslie Littlejohn P’03,’05 and Headmaster Willy MacMullen ’78 who helped make this project possible.
Think Globally, Act Locally TAFT’S GLOBAL LEADERSHIP
Institute (GLI) is a cocurricular program that brings students from Taft and Waterbury public schools together for shared learning about world problems. The current cohort of GLI Scholars recently toured Waterbury’s 17-acre Anamet property with Mayor Neil M. O’Leary. Once the largest producer of metal hose in the world and a huge employer in the city of Waterbury, Anamet closed in 2000, and its property has fallen into disrepair. The state of Connecticut gave the city $2.1 million to aid with the redevelopment of the property, which involves soil remediation and demolition.
Taft Bulletin / SPRING 2019