Tacoma, Wash. – Upper Schoolers at Charles Wright Academy spent the week of Presidents’ Day participating in the annual experiential education tradition known as Winterim.
Hundreds of students chose one of 24 course offerings ranging from local service learning opportunities to outdoor education hikes to international travel and cultural exchange programs. The goal of these courses is to provide Upper Schoolers with the opportunity to be introduced to a new skill, culture, language, or perspective outside of the classroom.
Head Librarian Jane Riches led a group of eight students during a week of knitting lessons in a Winterim course titled “Knit Happens.” Students learned beginners’ knitting skills like casting on and purling while working on scarves and hats, and they spent time at Lakewood’s Yorkshire Yarns getting hands-on training from the proprietor. “Shop owner and knitting instructor Sonya Acord kept the group in stitches with her running commentary on culture, music, and the art of knitting,” Ms. Riches says. “Students demonstrated persistence, commitment, and a sense of humor throughout. Two of them completed projects by the end of the week to donate to a shelter, thereby earning community service credit, while the rest of us have plans to keep knitting.”
Other courses included a yoga retreat on Hood Canal; international excursions to Japan, Peru, and Poland; a trek through a snow-covered New England to tour colleges; lessons in raku ceramics, glassblowing, and mural making; explorations of stop-motion animation and comic-book cover designs; and so much more. For a glimpse at the range of activities Tarriers undertook during Winterim 2015, please see the photo gallery below.