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.
On the Beaten Path: Bartley's Burger Cottage
By Mark Bedetti '19
The bustle of people of all ages shuffling down the sidewalk of one of the most popular destinations in the Boston area is nowhere near enough to block out the gem that is Mr. Bartley's Burger Cottage on a corner of Harvard Square.
Walking in through the front door was the first shock that I received that afternoon. I had just entered, what seemed to me, an entirely different world. Waiters and waitresses weaved their ways swiftly between the maze of chairs the main dining room presented. Decorations and ornaments littered the walls with everything from vintage rock posters to professional sports jerseys to placards that stated celebrities who once dined at Bartley's.
Despite the non-vacant state of the restaurant, we were seated immediately by the staff in what may have been the tightest yet one of the coziest burger table setups that in which I have ever sat. My party of seven huddled around a wooden table in the back corner. However, we soon forgot about our tight seating situation as soon as the food was served.
Spencer, Mr. Bishop, and Maksim all got a Bartley's frappe before being served our main course. Onion rings were ordered for the table as an appetizer.
Mr. Bishop described the onion rings (onion strings?) by saying, "I like them because they are extremely simple... You don't have to put ketchup, or salt, or vinegar, or anything like that. They generally seem that they would be a nice accouterment to anything that you are eating."
Spencer Akers thoroughly enjoyed his "strawberry shortcake" frappe, describing it as "Division one, high quality. It's not too thick, but it's not too thin either."
Our main entrees were served within fifteen to twenty minutes of the time that we had ordered it.
I ordered the "Tom Brady - The 40 is the new 30" burger which had cheddar, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and red onions with fries. Spencer also ordered the "Tom Brady," but without the guacamole and red onions. He thought that the meal was delicious with his only complaint wishing that the portions had been slightly more substantial. Personally, I felt that the burger was the perfect size to eat alongside a milkshake as it is almost signature to get a frappe when you dine at Bartley's.
Mr. Gotlib got the Bernie Sanders burger which had feta cheese, pickled red onions, and grilled peppers with sweet potato fries and thoroughly enjoyed the balance between the burger and the condiments. However, Gotlib felt that the sweet potatoes fries were a little heavy and a bit too filling.
In contrast to other orders and what you might expect, Mr. Bishop got "Franks and Beans" as he was searching for something a little different.
"It's awesome when restaurants can do the simple things well," says Bishop.
Maksim ordered the "Julian Edelman" with bacon, American cheese, BBQ sauce, Cole slaw, and guacamole with onion rings. Maksim thoroughly enjoyed how the burger was cooked and felt that the burger was fitting for the fact that he was seated in the same spot where the famous Patriots football player Eddleman had eaten when he visited Harvard Square.
"I almost felt a connection by sitting where he sat and ate what he ate," joked the Muscovite.
The last but certainly not least burger that was delivered to the table was the "Yuuggee Trump Tower" burger consisting of a double patty with a double burger with cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce served with fries. There were doubts that because of the size of this burger, Viraz would have a tough time eating it all. However, Viraz ended up devouring the burger until nothing was left except for a few sesame seeds at the bottom of the plate.
"I don't think the menu's description of 'yuuggee' fully described the gargantuan proportion of the Trump Tower. "
Mr. Bartley's Burgers offered a delicious and affordable food outlet in the heart of Harvard Square that offers a variety of options from a simple ballpark-frank to a double-stacked burger. (4.3/5 Stars)
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