Pennies for Patients

From October 8th to October 26th, the entire student body participated in Pennies for Patients.   Pennies for Patients is a special program sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s School and Youth Program.  This is a service learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to raise both awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancer.

Each class raised funds towards the school wide Pennies for Patients fundraising goal. The total raised was $935. The third grade class raised the most at $208.82 and earned a pizza party as a result.

During the Pennies for Patients event, students held a fundraiser where anyone could dress like a superhero for the day. The students in the following photos dressed as various superheros including as our own science teacher, Ms. Emily.

8th Annual Day of Service to Honor 9/11

At 9:00am on September 11th, students at The Learning Center Charter School gathered in front of the school to remember and pay tribute to the victims of the terror attacks on September 11, 2001.  After observing a moment of silence, the students mobilized into groups to perform acts of kindness and service across campus and the community.

Some students spent the day picking up litter along the local roadways, streams and hiking trails while others remained on campus and performed beautification projects such as tree trimming and weeding.  One group helped construct the newly expanded Aquaponics garden while another created new games for one of the school’s playgrounds.  Several students operated a car washing station where they washed teacher and staff cars.

“This year’s event marked the eighth year in a row we have performed community service as a means to honor the lives lost on 9/11,” said Mary Jo Dyre, school director. “Our annual day of service not only honors those victims, but develops the character of our students as well.”

Students Raised $722.72 for Hurricane Harvey Relief

After Hurricane Harvey ravaged Texas last September, and later Hurricane Irma made US landfall as well, students at The Learning Center Charter School were moved to help. They started a penny drive to raise funds to send to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.

Over the course of the school year, students raised $722.72, mostly in the form of pennies, to benefit hurricane victims.

“Our students stepped up in a big way and I couldn’t be prouder,” said Mary Jo Dyre, Executive Director of the school. “These kids saw a need and decided to do something about it!”

St. Jude’s Math-a-Thon Update

Each year, students at our school participate in the St. Jude’s Math-a-thon to sharpen their math skills and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  This year students raised $1565.00!  Over $1000 of this amount was raised by the 2nd grade class alone. The second best class total was 5th grade with $334.

A special thank to you Entegra Bank in Murphy for their $250 donation towards this total.

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.

4th Grade -- PENNY DRIVE Sept 2017

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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