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.

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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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Excitement Personified: Kimberly Poulin

Groton, MA — Simply put: Lawrence Academy’s Kimberly Poulin is a nexus of energy.

LA’s Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Community Engagement, Mrs. Poulin also works as a learning specialist with the academic support office.”I am here at Lawrence Academy because this is where I should be,” said Kimberly earlier this summer. “I love working with adolescents.

“I feel young and energized and happy in my life when I’m around them; I can stay connected to the world when I’m working with students.

“The reason I’ve been able to shift from the classroom…to Student Life is that I love finding what keeps them happy and passionate and playing!”

Enjoying the Work

poulin_picIt’s clear that Mrs. Poulin enjoys her work, whether it’s collaborating with a student group to garner members, setting up a community service opportunity (like Rise Against Hunger – see video below), or helping student leaders develop a field day program – she’s plugged into that passion and playfulness.

“I’ll bring up some wacky idea, and they’ll sit with it for a minute and be like, ‘Actually I think that would be kind of cool, why don’t we do that?’” she explained of her brainstorming sessions. “And you know, some of my ideas don’t take off, and that’s okay.

“I mean, that’s also par for the course, and it’s good for students to see that it doesn’t work out, and it’s like, okay, move on, that wasn’t a good idea.

“Let’s try something else,” she said.

Can-do

Mrs. Poulin’s can-do, effervescent attitude flows into her connection with her advisees, as well; however, Kimberly explained the relationship in her advisory is even more intense.

“I think my relationship with them is a bit different,” explained Mrs. Poulin, whose sons Tyler ’18 and Hunter ’21 attend LA. “There is a little bit more cheerleading that goes on… but also a lot of love and a lot of care and a lot of opportunity to just hanging out.

“You know, I’ll find myself a lot of times eating with an advisee just for lunch, or we go for a walk, or we go for ice cream, I mean, and that’s just creating a connection.”

And it’s Kimberly’s energy that allows her to connect with so many students across her many roles.

“Again, I love working with adolescents,” she said. “I’ve always said to my husband [Michael, who also works at LA in the Athletic Department], the moment that I cannot listen to regular radio – I’m done; I’m out of education. You know?

“The moment that I complain about something that’s teenager-ish, it’s time for me to go.”

That said, LA hopes Mrs. Poulin keeps listening to the radio, for a long, long time to come.

The first in a series of occasional features on Lawrence Academy faculty…