Three Groton Schools Rise Against Hunger

Students from LA, Groton School, GDRHS Join Together for Meal Preparation Event, January 13

Groton, Mass. — It’s almost time! Lawrence Academy’s annual meal packing event for Rise Against Hunger happens this weekend, on Sunday, January 13, 2019.

And, this year, Groton, Mass. is represented by all three high schools — LA, Groton School, and Groton Dunstable Regional High School — whose students will literally work to end hunger.


Rise Against Hunger 2018

Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), an international hunger relief organization that distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizes the necessary resources in an effort to end hunger by 2030.

Over the past several years, Lawrence Academy has been a partner of Rise Against Hunger, mobilizing its own best resource — it’s students — in just one facet of the school’s community service program.

We’ll be sure to post pictures and video from this year’s event, but, for now, enjoy some scenes from previous years.

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Coming to Conant Gallery: Michael Alfano

Lawrence Academy welcomes the work of…

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Michael Alfano



Friday, January 18, 2019, 6:00 – 7:30 PM

Live music and refreshments

On display through March 13, 2019, in the Conant Gallery (entrance on Rt. 40)

Gallery open Weekdays 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM.

New Book for Charlie Smigelski ’67

Lawrence Academy alumnus Charlie Smigelski ’67 has a new book available.

A nutritionist, Smigelski takes a functional medicine approach that stresses repair of the cell systems behind ailments.

The book synopsis reads:

CharlieAfter age 50 there are physiologic changes that increase nutrient needs. Cellular repair is slower, so wear and tear on muscles lingers; antioxidants are needed in larger quantity. The immune system also responds a bit more slowly to viruses and germs, generating more free radicals and inflammation. Knowing how to nourish the glutathione antioxidant enzyme improves the pace of body repair. Even liver and kidney functions can be improved.Reversing subtle or marginal nutrient deficiencies can improve general vitality and sense of wellbeing. Added nutrition means you recover from skiing, swimming, cycling, and hockey adventures better. Taking extra vitamin and other supplements can help you manage high blood pressure and high cholesterol without medications. Intelligent use of supplements can help manage conditions like acid reflux, neuropathy, arthritis and diabetes when drugs are only partially effective, or have unwanted side effects. I want you to examine your concept of the usual physical declines with aging. Use this book to develop new ideas and abilities for repairing yourself in your AARP membership decades.

Join us in congratulating Charlie on his new publication!

If you are interested in reading the book, it is available on Amazon.

LA Spartans Volleyball Stays Home for the NEPSAC Class B Semis on Saturday

Groton, Mass. — The celebration — at least the emotion on the court — was muted.

After the Lawrence Academy Spartans volleyball team completed their three-set sweep of Suffield Academy in the NEPSAC Class B quarterfinals, the girls could be seen embracing and walking to the bench, even as bedlam occurred in the stands.

Perhaps noting the subdued on-court celebration, LA Head Coach Steve Engstrom said his club remains determined to complete the task at hand.

“We’re really excited to be still playing at this point in the season,” said Mr. Engstrom, who — alongside Assistant Coach Dina Mordeno — has engineered a steady rise out of the ISL basement over the past several seasons.

“We’re trying to improve on what we have been able to do over the last few years,” added Engstrom on Thursday. “I’m really happy how the team played yesterday.

“It was a well-rounded effort, and we were confident,” he said.

But “not-too-confident” was the underlying subtext of Steve’s message, as much of his team was on the court at the end of a heartbreaking 3-1 loss to Cheshire in the semis of the 2017 Class-B tournament.

On Wednesday, in front of a fully and boisterous crowd in the Spartans new-look gymnasium, there were — of course — minor hiccups during the first round victory, but given the command LA held throughout the match, the players can be excused for having a few momentary lapses against the scrappy Tigers.

In fact, with a third-straight NEPSAC postseason berth — including home court advantage throughout the playoffs — and a tournament victory already under their proverbial belts, the Spartans stand poised to make some more noize this coming weekend, provided that the fan supports continues.

“We had an amazing showing of support from Spartan Nation yesterday,” noted Coach Engstrom. “They brought the rowdy after every point it makes a huge difference to us to have the crowd celebrate.”


Meanwhile, looking toward Saturday’s game, the Spartans see Dana Hall (who fell to the Spartans 3-0 in a very early season scrimmage in September) and are working toward extending their season to Sunday.

However, these Spartans, who have seen premature exits in their last two postseasons, are taking nothing for granted. There’ll be plenty of team bonding at a dinner on Thursday, and practices before Saturday’s match.

In fact, Coach Engstrom is looking for even more support from the stands to buoy his girls on Saturday – a tough task given that exams end today and Thanksgiving break begins tomorrow.

“We’re looking forward to playing a challenging Dana Hall this Saturday,” he said. “We hope to have the continued support from the LA community.”