Tabor In Time: Celebrating 100 years (13)


Tabor College students repair a house during Work Days in the 1960s. Work Days combined service, mission, and spring-break fun to raise about $80,000 for Tabor over the course of 20 years. Work Days gave students an opportunity to travel in small groups to supporting constituents to work for payment. Proceeds went to campus projects, including a social room, library books, athletic equipment and musical instruments. Begun with student initiative on March 28, 1952, Work Days continued until 1972. Often a group of friends would pack into a car and head to someone?s home community for a weekend of sweat?and a break from studies. The Topeka Daily Capital editorialized, ?It may be that too many college-age people take their opportunities lightly, but there are others, like those at Tabor, for whom the chance to attend college is so important that they will work to help keep their institution strong.?


The above anecdote is included in ?Tabor College: A Century of Transformation 1908-2008,? the history of the college commissioned for this year?s centennial celebration. The book can be purchased for $48.39 (tax included) plus $5 for shipping. Call 620-947-3121 ext. 1212 for information or orders.


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