ARTrageous Recap

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On November 17, 2017, our school hosted our second annual art celebration and fundraising event. Last year it was called our Art Gala. This year the name changed to ARTrageous.

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The evening included gallery art from students, teachers and community members as well as writing performers, local musicians Elise and Micah McCool, the John C. Campbell Folk School Dancers and Band. The evening concluded with a hilarious performance by TLC’s own GrowZone Players in a one-act play titled, St. George and the Dragon.

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Special thanks to the following community partners for making this event a success:

Jackie Ward Foundation for Academics and the Arts

John C. Campbell Folk School

Roberta Rankin

Lori Coffey, Community Youth Players

David & Terry Blackshear

Murphy Fire Department Visits Kindergarten

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Kindergarten students were thrilled when members of the Murphy Fire Department visited their class in November. They loved learning about the job and the special equipment the firefighters use to fight fires. They especially loved getting a close-up view of a firetruck!

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Annual TLC Day of Service

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In memory of and tribute to the many Americans that lost their lives on September 11, 2001, our school hosts an annual Service Day on September 11th of each year. Due to weather, school was unexpectedly cancelled on that day this year. The event was rescheduled on Novemeber 9, 2017, the same day we honored veterans for Veteran’s Day.

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Gary Chamberalain, from the North Carolina Litter-Free Coalition spoke with students, provided trash pick-up supplies and encouraged students to be litter-free.  Afterwards, students in 5th-8th grades fanned across our campus and community to pick up trash.

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In addition to trash pick up, some students did other campus beautification projects such as tree trimming and weeding.

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Veteran’s Day Celebration

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Our students honored past and present military service men and women during a chorus performance on November 9, 2017.   Our school extends a special thank you to those veterans present and all service men and women around the world proudly and bravely serving the United States of America.

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French Jazz Concert at The Learning Center

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Students and teachers delighted at the musical sounds provided by Djoukil, a French Jazz band that played at our school on November 6, 2017.

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Djoukil was presented in part by support from the Cherokee County Arts Council and the Brasstown Concert Association.

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Students enjoyed learning more about this type of music from these special visitors from France.

Local Artist and Author Visits Charter School

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Students at The Learning Center Charter School were delighted when local author and artist, Ann Woodford, visited the school on October 24, 2017.  Woodford, who is a native of Andrews, NC, shared her art and stories with the students. They especially enjoyed the interactive song she taught them. It was a song she learned from her childhood that incorporated repetitive hand movements that the students picked up on quickly.

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Woodford, who is an accomplished author and artist, has lived all over the country and has developed a love for people and public relations. She has created works of art and crafts that have been marketed internationally. In the 1980s, she teamed up with actress Esther Rolle who played Florida Evans on the TV series “Good Times” and formed a successful business partnership.

Woodford, who believes that we must “Think globally but act locally,” is deeply committed to community involvement. She is the founder of Chautauqua AVE! (Andrews Valley Experience!), a Chautauqua festival held each spring and fall in Andrews, NC, featuring local and national speakers.  Additionally, Woodford is the founder of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., whose vision is to create leadership and community unity in the far western region of North Carolina through collaborating with other community groups, and organizing economic development, social, cultural and educational activities.

For more information about Ann Woodford, visit www.annwoodford.com.

6th Grade STEM — Learning About Pollination

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Sixth graders have been learning about pollination. They listened to a presentation by a special USDA representative about what pollination is and why it is so important.   2017091395132355

Students learned how pollinators are an essential link in agriculture. Animal pollinators, especially bees, are critical for producing more than one-third of U.S. food products. In addition to bees, other pollinators, including butterflies and moths, beetles, flies, wasps, birds, and bats are necessary for pollinating more than 80% of plants in nature.

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In addition to what the class learned in the presentation, they have gone on to build their own 3D models of pollinators based on what traits an efficient pollinator needs.

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