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.
5 Ranks: Winterim Things
Mr. Scheibe is well-known on the LA campus for his signing "snow day" declarations. However, today "Head mixMaster Grande" delivered "a little Winterim jam - Five Ranks."
The lyrics are below:
Yo, even the sketchiest weather conditions
Won't interfere with our Winterim visions
No matter what Mother Nature will bring
These are a few of our Winterim things
Potter and Margraf will catch us some fishes
Quilting makes beautiful patterns with stitches
We go to Galapagos on airplane wings
These are a few of our Winterim Things
Play chess, learn scuba
Make your own tuba
Or even Cuba
You like my chair,
Gee thanks just built it
I got some help
From Mister Matt Smith
First choice, I got it
Second choice, she got it
Third choice he got it
Fourth choice they got it
You like my boat,
Gee thanks, just built it
Fifth choice, OK
You got this, you got this
It's a tradition in our Spartan Nation
Experiential LA education
We know before we start it will be all good
Cause it is led by Sir Anthony Hawgood
Seasonal affect can make you a sad guy
Yoga and martial arts make you a jedi
Faculty leaders create clever schemes
These are the pairs that I see in my dreams
And K Po
Just fired it
In Clay and Kiln
McBride where’s Ms. Whit
Students acting like frequent fliers
Other schools are try-hard tryers
Passport my business card
Get back before it expires
I don't mean to brag,
But Winterim's got some swag
We lead the ISL
by doing Winterim well
What should I choose, Flip flops or boots
Wear proper footwear don't try to be cute
Proper hydration and nutrients too
Guzzling Gatorade, water, or juice
Look at my neck, Look at my neck
Got a bad sun burn, but hey what the heck
That's what you get, that's what you get
Use the correct level of SPF
Best wishes for an amazing Winterim, everyone!
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