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Fay Magazine: Fall-Winter 2019

Are You Ready for the Weekend?

by Daintry Duffy Zaterka ’88
If there’s anything the weekends aren’t at Fay, it’s dull!
If there’s anything the weekends aren’t at Fay, it’s dull! On a recent weekend, boarding students could head into Boston for a production of The Lion King, take in a Boston College football game, watch the Head of the Charles Regatta, or stock up on reading material at the Boston Book Festival.
 
Students looking for more traditional New England fall activities might have chosen to stay closer to campus, testing their nerves at the Factory of Terror haunted house in Worcester or carving pumpkins with Mr. Claire. Weekend warriors could do a CrossFit workout with Mr. Chauncey or enter the local 5K road race, and those just looking to chill after a busy school week could watch a movie with friends, bake cookies and play board games with their dorm parent, or just catch some retail therapy with a Sunday trip to the mall.
 
Whatever you might be in the mood for, Fay’s Residential Life program has something for you!
Every week, the Residential Life office publishes “Weekends at Fay,” a bulletin highlighting that week- end’s upcoming events. The goal is to offer something that will pique the interest of every student. “We are lucky that we are close to Boston and Worcester but also in a suburban area because that gives us a variety of activity options for our boarding students,” says Dean of Residential Life Max Bogaert.
 
Max notes that for all the options that appear on the bulletin, there are many more informal events that faculty organize on their own. Upper School English teacher Dan Roy offers a fun run on Sunday mornings to earn color team points and takes the students out to breakfast afterward. On a recent Sunday morning, eighteen teenagers were up at 10:00 am to join the fun run and breakfast ritual! When a group of boarders wanted to go apple picking, West House dorm parent Katie Farrar took fifteen of them to a local orchard and baked pies with them afterward in her apartment. “We offer a lot for students to do,” says Max, “but it’s also really fun when kids get that little taste of being home.”
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