Field Day 2019

For 19 years, Field Day has been the hallmark event signaling the end of the school year at The Learning Center Charter School.

Always thinking out of the box, the school’s Field Day is water based and includes events such as water brigade, slip n’ slide,  and everyone’s favorite, mud pit tug-of-war.

This year the school’s parent organization, Parents Involved, rented inflatable water slides that students in kindergarten through eighth grade fully enjoyed. There was music, bubbles, water, mud and fun had by all.

8th Grade Service Projects

Eighth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School know how to give back to the community.  That’s because throughout the school year they have developed service projects in conjunction with the Lead2Feed program.

Lead2Feed is a student leadership program that blends leadership lessons with community service.  The program is designed for 6th-12th grade students and integrates robust leadership lessons with a project based learning model.  The goal of the program is for students to increase their understanding of practical leadership skills as they take action to make a positive impact within their communities.

The eighth grade class was divided into four teams with the goal of creating service projects within our community.  One team donated over 300 units of food and supplies to REACH in Murphy.  Another group was able to raise money and donations for The Friendship House in Murphy.   A third team scheduled three liter clean up days.

Teacher Ryan Bender noted that the students worked through all the necessary steps of each service project.  “These student groups created team names and logos and worked diligently to determine attainable goals for their projects,” said Bender. “I am proud of their work and they are happy to have made a difference in our community.”

Living History Museum 2019

Back in May, upper grade students “opened” a Living History Museum to the younger grades. These older students each selected a historic figure, event or place and presented information about it. Many students essentially “became” that historical figure as they dressed, acted and spoke as though they were that person.

For this project, these upper grade students had to synthesize the information they learned to create an exhibit representative of their subject. In order to select pivotal events or recreate significant circumstances in an individual’s life, students had to research the person but also critically evaluate the people, places, and events surrounding them in order to develop a powerful exhibit.

Deciding on a format, selecting key material for younger students to understand, and putting it all in context required active learning and encouraged creative interpretation. As they worked, students needed to understand the subject and the world in which he or she lived.  Additionally, this Living History Museum introduced younger students to subjects relevant to their history studies beyond their reading ability.

Kindergarten – Second Grade AIG Service Project

Kindergarten through second grade students participating in the AIG program picked up trash on Monday, May 13, 2019.  This was their service project that they chose to do.  These young service minded students walked from our campus to the park and picked up litter all along the way.  They were very excited to beautify the area!

What Does 1st Grader Collect and Put in His Pocket?

Children collect all sorts of things as they travel through their days. Lots of it ends up in their pockets. Playing on the theme of the sweet photo series by San Francisco photographer Melissa Kaseman, first graders recently made artful designs after their rainbow scavenger hunt across campus.

National Bike or Walk to School Day

May 8th was National Bike to School Day.  Communities across the country celebrated the day and took the time to focus on health and safety.

Our students have been participating in a year long walking program that started in conjunction with the National Center for Safe Routes to School as part of the National Walk to School Day held in October.

Established in May 2006, the National Center for Safe Routes to School, part of the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center, helps support communities in changing their culture to support safe and active travel. The National Center’s work uses research-based evidence to highlight what works and why, and translates this research into education, professional development tools and training to provide communities the technical support they need to make community-enhancing decisions. As the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May, the National Center provides technical support; coordinates online registration, develops resources, and facilitates worldwide promotion and participation. The UNC Highway Safety Research Center has served as the coordinator of Walk to School Day since the event’s U.S. inception in 1997.

In addition to their regular morning walk, TLC students celebrated by picking up trash and debris around campus. Plus, students made signs encouraging both walking and safety.