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!

Students raised $742.11 for humane society

Under the organizing leadership of teacher Ms. Emily, students at The Learning Center Charter raised $742.11 for the Valley River Humane Society during their month long campaign in January.

As part of the fundraising efforts, students had the option to dress as their favorite animal to school on January 18th for a $2 donation.

Valley River Humane Society (VRHS) is a non-profit volunteer organization with the primary goal of reducing the number of homeless animals in our community by the promotion of spay and neutering, and by the adoption of homeless animals.

Ms. Emily learned of the special needs drive VRHS is running and organized the fundraising event at the school.  “I know it takes compassion, commitment and service to take care of animals and I also know that kids are full of love, enthusiasm, and eagerness to help,” said Ms. Emily. “Our students jumped at the chance to raise money for VRHS.”

To learn more about VRHS, visit their website at www.valleyriverhumanesociety.org.

UPDATE:  Kirsty Waller, manager at VRHS, was very thankful of our generous donation and said that $700 goes a long way. Ms. Emily also dropped off quite a bit of donated supplies from students ranging from towels to food to cat litter.  Kirsty said continued public support, donations and volunteers are always welcome.  Ms. Emily was happy to report that due to our fundraiser and educational literature several TLC! families came to volunteer at the humane society.  Later this year TLC! hopes to plan a field trip to the humane society.  We are so proud to connect with this hardworking community partner and hope to continue our support in the years to come!

Students Make Cards for Nursing Home Residents

Third grade students at The Learning Center Charter School made greeting cards for residents at the nursing home at Erlanger Murphy Medical Center in Peachtree.  The cards were hand delivered and thoroughly enjoyed by the recipients.

Gina Stafford, third grade teacher at the school, said, “The students were very creative and thoughtful while making the cards. They were so happy to be doing something for others.”  She added that she enjoyed hearing their thoughts and watching them put so much effort into this project.

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

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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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