Winterim

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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A Day in Harvard Square

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Winterim News Team in Lowell

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Day 5: Skills & Bills

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Day 4: Mr. Hawgood

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Day 3: Mr. Curran on Chess

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Day 2: Sliding Into Gear

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Instant Improvement


By Rebecca Magee '18

Groton, MA -- Today is the first day of Winterim and the beginning of many different learning opportunities.

Joao Saldanha, a junior here at Lawrence Academy, is a part of the Winterim News Team, a Winterim group responsible for covering all of the different Winterim activities happening on campus (and beyond...).

Their job is to compose posts for various LA's social media sites, write blogs for the Lawrence Academy website, capture videos for Youtube, and take photos.

Posted by John Bishop in Video on Monday March 6, 2017
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#LAWinterim 2016: Day 4



The Winterim News Team was back on the case during Day 4 of #LAWinterim 2016.

Today they met Marlon Carey and other Hip-Hop artists & poets, who visited the "Speak Your Peace" Winterim.

Be sure to visit our YouTube channel to enjoy a Winterim playlist!

Posted by John Bishop on Thursday March 10, 2016
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Drones Drones Drones



Winterim News Team reporter Zach May '17 brings you this exclusive inside look at the #LAWinterim Game of Drones and spoke to a couple of it's members.

To view all Winterim related videos visit our wicked awesome YouTube channel featuring a Winterim playlist, full of videos!

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Winterim News Team in Boston



Winterim News Team 2016 Heads Downtown
by Irma Krimelyte ‘17

Boston, MA – Tuesday, March 8, the LA Winterim News Team went on a field trip to Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts. The group, all working to learn new facets of internet communication, explored the depths of Harvard Square and discovered more about the 35th president of the United States at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Like all good journalists, the group – members of the Web Reporting and …

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#LAWinterim 2016: Day 1



The first day of #LAWinterim 2016 is in the books and the #WinterimNewsTeam toured campus giving you the coverage you deserve.
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