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Six LFA students and two faculty chaperones kicked off their summer break by heading to the Caribbean and participating in a two-week long session of the Falmouth Heritage Renewal Program (FHR) in Falmouth, Jamaica.

Global Department Chair and Fine & Performing Arts Teacher Yue Chen and Dean of Advancement Garry Sloan P’19, ’21 were selected to lead the trip, taking with them Kate Delia ’25, Bao Le ’25, Terryn Wilson ’25, Enos Zaah ’25, Ella Froberg ’26, and Selah Omura ’26. 

The mission of FHR is to accurately preserve and restore the historic buildings of Falmouth, while also working to improve the lives of Falmouth’s residents through community serve and to preserve Jamaica’s cultural heritage. Participants in the program gain knowledge and skills related to the conservation of historic masonry, recording of threatened buildings through architectural measured drawings, “reading” the historic fabric of a building, and cultural sustainability. This summer’s program included lectures, in-the-field building documentation, building conservation and restoration, participant-led discussions, oral history, and service in and around the Falmouth and Montego Bay area. The architectural drawings put together by LFA’s participants will add to the archive of historical drawings maintained by FHR and the city of Falmouth.

2024 marks the first year LFA has attended the program and LFA was noted as being the first high school to participate. Both student and chaperone attendees were required to apply in January and were selected for participation in the program. The trip was facilitated by the Stuart Center for Global Leadership in partnership with the Grace E. Groner Foundation (GEGF), which sponsored the program costs of LFA’s eight participants. GEGF was created by Grace E. Groner, an alumna of Lake Forest College, and supports the enrichment of young people’s education and future by offering unique service learning opportunities. Both GEGF and FHR are currently run by Bill ’61 and Kay Marlatt.