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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.


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Try Tavern in the Square


Tavern in the Square

by Spencer Akers '18

Lawrence Academy's Winterim News Team had a chance to enjoy lunch at "Tavern in the Square" last Tuesday after seeing The Post -- at nearby O'Neil Cinema -- an exhilarating movie capturing a critical moment in history.

The restaurant is an upscale sports bar, but it's not a rowdy, particularly at lunch. The staff is quite organized for it being such a casual place. Well-dressed and attentive, when people are eating -- and servers are in between plates -- they are observing all of the tables from the waiting area. Every time a patron realize they needs something, it's almost as if their server notices at the same time. A neat trick, to be sure.

The Meals
Mark Bedetti '19, ordered "mac n' cheese with bacon." The meal came topped with a breaded layer of cheese. He enjoyed the meal, lauding it for its simplicity, saying "The taste was authentic for it simply being mac and cheese.The breaded layer of cheese on top made a fantastic addition to the meal. If I could make one suggestion, it would be that the cheese should not be so heavy, it should be a little bit more light."

Maksim Tochilkin '19 ordered the "chicken with mashed potatoes and green beans." He enjoyed the course -- likened it to his mother's cooking -- especially the flavoring of the chicken, saying "it was well-flavored as well as appropriately seasoned." The vegetables were tasty as well, but he wondered a little about their preparation, saying, "they were a little bit too buttery; they should fix that."

Viraz Mahanti '19 enjoyed "tacos with black beans." He said it was a good meal, but noted nothing stood out. "It wasn't anything special, but there was nothing wrong with it. If I could suggest anything, they should put more seasoning in the tacos."

Spencer Akers '18, looking for something healthy but filling, enjoyed an excellent chicken Caesar salad. "The vegetables were of good quality... more dressing should be put in, as it was slightly light on the dressing; it was a large salad, but the larger the serving, the more dressing there should be."

John Bishop, Lawrence Academy's Director of Communications, enjoyed a generous portion of fish and chips.  "It was a huge order, and it had more than one person could eat," Mr. Bishop says. "It was good... but the portion was almost indulgent."

The Bottom Line
If you're looking for a casual meal, and you happen to be in Littleton, stop by Tavern in the Square. Overall, it is a quality restaurant with a very attentive staff. (4/5 stars)

Posted by John Bishop in Food Review on Tuesday March, 6, 2018

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