Annual TLC Day of Service


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.


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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Penny Drive for Hurricane Relief


Students at The Learning Center charter school have started a school wide Penny Drive to raise funds to benefit the people affected by Hurricane Harvey. They will be collecting pennies throughout the school year to send to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston, Texas.

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The fourth graders have already filled one container and are on to the next!

Pennies from community members are welcome and would be greatly appreciated!

2nd Grade Community Project — Humane Society


Second grade students recently raised awareness about and funds for our local animal shelter. The class educated the school about the community organization and asked for much needed donations for them. TLC was able to donate towels and blankets, dog and cat food, kitty litter, bleach and peanut butter. We also were able to raise $150!

The Humane Society was very appreciative and grateful for the help.

Thank you to all of you for your help, support and encouragement. Also, thank you to the students for their generosity.


Honoring 9/11 with 6th Annual TLC Day of Service


On September 9, 2016 TLC students and staff fanned out across our community to “pay it forward” with service work as a means to honor the victims of the terror attacks from that horrible day fifteen years ago.



Students were spread across our campus and community picking up litter.


This day not only honored those who gave all on September 11th, but helped develop the character of our students and instill an appreciation for community service.

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St. Jude Math-A-Thon


Each winter TLC students participate in the St. Jude Math-A-Thon that, of course, helps them brush up on their math skills. However, it also helps them learn the importance of helping others. Please encourage your students and maybe even pledge your support in their efforts!

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5th Grade E-STEAM — Raising Money for The Water Project as They Learn About the Water Cycle


The 5th graders decided to make items to sell to their classmates in an effort to raise money for The Water Project, a non-profit organization that provides reliable water projects to communities in sub-Saharan Africa.  The class became aware of this organization during their unit of study on the water cycle.  Several students participated by making rubber band bracelets, miniature clay figures, brownies, cookies, homemade liquid soap, origami, marshmallow catapults, photos, and bookmarks.  The items were priced from 50 cents to 5 dollars.  Selling only to their classmates, the students raised $104.

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Way to put the entrepreneurship in E-STEAM!!

Honoring 9/11 with 5th Annual TLC Day of Service


On September 11, 2015 TLC students and staff fanned out across our community to “pay it forward” with service work as a means to honor the victims of the terror attacks from that fateful day fourteen years ago. IMG_2734 IMG_2726

Second graders decorated our gardens and made the beautiful flag used in the ceremony that morning. 1442257085358_IMG_20150911_121603_839Students in third grade made special cards and letters for our local volunteer fire department. 5th grade service along river 1

Students in fifth grade worked on trail maintenance along the Murphy Riverwalk. Community members Amanda Kanack and James Sullivan headed up the effort. 5th grade service along river2 5th grade service along river3

This day not only honored those who gave all on September 11th, but helped develop the character of our students and instill an appreciation for community service.

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5th Grade Water Challenge

Students in Ms. Gina’s fifth grade class recently participated in the Water Challenge through an organization called The Water Project.  While studying the water cycle students learned of The Water Project and a few of them decided to take the challenge.  The challenge was to drink water instead of soft drinks, sports drinks, and other such beverages for two weeks and give the money saved to this organization.  In conjunction with a local church group, the students raised $378.00.  $23.00 provides clean drinking water for one person, so they raised enough money to provide clean drinking water for 16 people.  Ms. Gina and all of TLC is proud of these students for their hard work and compassion!

Local Veterans Honored at The Learning Center!

Local veterans from every branch of the military were honored at The Learning Center’s Veteran’s Day Program on November 10th. The school’s music coordinator, Judy Coleman and drama director, Lisa Maliska directed a multi-layered program that included the National Anthem, America The Beautiful and other patriotic songs sung by kindergarten through fourth grade choral groups.015 019 021 023 027 030

Members of the TLC! GrowZone drama group read their “Reflections”—an assignment they were each given by drama director, Lisa Maliska to interview a veteran and write a brief description of why they chose that “hero” veteran.

The “Posting of the Colors” and “Retiring of the Colors” flag ceremony was lead by members of local Cub Scout Troops #400 and #407. Adding to the variety of the musical program, the “TLC Ringers” handbell group performed America The Beautiful under the direction of Judy Coleman.

“We are so honored each year to have our local veterans attend our celebration of their service,” said Mary Jo Dyre, director of The Learning Center.