Explore and Experiment
For nearly five decades, Lawrence Academy has embraced the idea of experiential education through Winterim. The two-week mini-term in March is a central feature of LA’s educational program, breaking students out of their normal routines and encouraging them to open their minds, bodies, and hearts to new experiences. For some, Winterim is a cool, fun, and unique experience; for others, a Winterim program will end up infuencing their chosen path of study in college or their future career.
Roughly 44 Winterim options are offered each year, with each course falling into one of ve areas: cultural immersion, academic eld study, service learning, crafts and skills, or outdoor adventure. Students can stay on campus and in the Groton area or venture out of state – or even out of the country – and are encouraged to take advantage of the diverse areas of study and explore a variety of options throughout their time at Lawrence Academy.
For Example: The Maripositas
As part of Winterim, Lawrence Academy students have been working with the Mariposa Foundation in the Dominican Republic since 2001. Spanish teachers Nate Cabot and Rob Moore lead the trip to the northern coastal town of Cabarete where, under the guidance of LA alumna parent and Mariposa Foundation Executive Director Patricia Suriel, students work with the 7-16-year-old girls, nicknamed “maripositas” (“butterflies” in Spanish), who are part of the program.
“These girls are so voracious and full of energy and optimism. Despite coming from extreme poverty, they want to learn all they can and fulfill all their dreams,” shares Rob Moore. While teaching, mentoring and playing with the Maripositas, Lawrence students “see the joy and happiness in these little girls and think deeply about what happiness is and what sources of happiness are.” They also spend time visiting some of the Maripositas’ homes, working to better the Mariposa Foundation’s facilities, and cleaning up plastic debris from the nearby Yásica River.
Experience It Firsthand...
In addition to the Lawrence Academy group’s vital work at the Mariposa Foundation, students also explore their surroundings and the Dominican culture through excursions to the Waterfalls of Damajagua and a trip to La Boca, where the Yásica River meets the sea. Although knowledge of the Spanish language is not a prerequisite for the Dominican Service Project Winterim, students in the program learn and experience the language in an immersive setting, and Spanish lessons at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels are taught throughout the two weeks.
“It’s one thing to hear about life in developing countries on the news and from other people, but it’s another thing to actually see it and experience it firsthand,” says Matt Noel ’19. “The students and the teachers alike seemed extremely grateful that we were there to help them, and I felt the same in return. It’s something special to be part of a community that cares so much about the betterment of the world and encourages its students to be good people.
Note: Individual programs are subject to change.
by Viraz Mahanti ‘19
"Quilting" is one of the many Winterims here on Lawrence Academy’s campus. It’s unique to Lawrence Academy and is a testament to our awesome education.
Winterim is something that has been going on at Lawrence Academy for almost 50 years. It involves…
by Spencer Akers ‘18
When people outside of the Lawrence Academy community hear the word "Winterim", they may give a look of bemusement.
In short, Winterim at LA is a time for students to extend their learning outside of the classroom. There's no in-class learning in the month of March. There are …
by Mark Bedetti ‘19
Following a hearty meal at Julian’s in Providence, Rhode Island, on March 9 the LA Winterim News Team ventured to Schneider Arena at Providence College to watch the PC Friars face off against …
Investigating in Darwin’s Footsteps
By Mark Bedetti ‘19
Prior to their departure, the Winterim News Team got the opportunity to speak with Ms. Ryan, who will be leading the Winterim “In Darwin’s Footsteps: Evolutionary Environmental Responsibility in the Islands.”
It will be Ms. Ryan’s second year leading this Winterim group, and she told us about her hopes and what she wants to learn, and—most importantly—what her students will get out of…
On March 5, the Winterim News Team viewed the movie "The Post" as part of the "Web Reporting and Social Media" program...
by Viraz Mahanti ‘19
On March 6th, I went to see the film The Post at O'Neil Cinemas, the newly-built theater in Acton.
I sat down, not knowing what to expect. Leaving the theater, I can happily say that I enjoyed the film, and that it left me thinking. It brought up issues of the time, which can be connected to issues we face today.
One wonders, when seeing the …
Ready to GO!
By Mark Bedetti ‘19
GROTON, MA — Students and faculty hit the ground running on Day 1 of Winterim, eagerly jumping into their two-week programs.
By Becca Magee '18
Groton, MA – One of the more athletic Winterims offered at Lawrence Academy is “Martial Arts”.
In this Winterim, students learn the ancient art of Uechi Ryu at Luth Family Karate in Groton, Mass.
Jennifer Luth, a 5th-degree black belt, is the group’s instructor. She has been practicing karate for twenty-four years and has been working with Lawrence Academy for seven.
When asked why she started studying karate Ms. Luth, who ran road races before …
By Junior Saldanha ‘18
Lowell, MA – On Day 5 of Winterim, the Winterim News Team went to Lowell to visit the city’s National Historical Park and attend a Hockey East men’s ice hockey playoff game between the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and the University of New Hampshire.
During this trip, we were fortunate to tour the UMass Lowell ice hockey facilities at the Tsongas Center and interview UML Associate Athletic Director of Communications, Peter Souris.
By Junior Saldanha '18
Groton, MA -- Day 2 of Winterim started off strong, so the LA Winterim News Team sprung into action right away (at 8:00 a.m.) - while many teams were still eating breakfast!
Staring in the Dining Hall, we tried to visit each group and interviewed three faculty members and three students; all as we gathered background video footage and photos from multiple programs.
Along the way, we interviewed Ms. Ruby -- who went to LA -- and asked her about her time at Lawrence …
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