LA students with ESOL teacher Lauren Crosby during a field trip to Georgetown Central School in October 2019

On Thursday, October 10th, Lincoln Academy History and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes visited the small midcoast village of Georgetown to learn about the town’s rich history, and to share their own cultures. The first stop on the trip included a visit to the Georgetown Historical Society’s museum to see Native American artifacts, listen to a historical talk about the town’s relationship to the tourism industry, and learn about Walter Reid, the founder of Reid State Park. Over the course of the year, LA’s ESOL students will be creating professional tourism brochures to give back to the town of Georgetown– one written in English, the other in their home languages. The next stop on the “tour” landed students at Georgetown Central School to share their Cultural Projects.

The ESOL class consists of students from China, Poland, Kazakhstan, Germany, Spain, Hungary, and Cambodia. This fall students have been working on writing narrative paragraphs about their respective cultures and turning them into small picture books. The LA students were able to present their stories in small groups to the children from Georgetown’s rural school. Highlights of the presentations included a Rubik’s Cube competition (The Rubik’s Cube was invented in Hungary by a professor) and a conversational Russian dialogue between a seven-year-old first-generation American student at Georgetown School and an LA student from Kazakhstan.

The students enjoyed a picnic at the tables of Five Islands Lobster Company, and spent the afternoon at Reid State Park.