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.

School Maker Faire Spotlights Makers of All Kinds, March 15

The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of all kinds at their 3rd annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 15 from 3:30 – 7:30. Imagine a science fair, craft show, tech conference, and county fair, all rolled into one and you can picture a School Maker Faire.

Makers – from Learning Center students to community members – will have booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There will be hands-on activities, demonstrations, and delicious homemade food.

One group of makers is students in the school’s Pinterest elective. These kids have been taking ideas they find on the popular social media platform and making them a reality during elective time each week. They have used everything from wooden pallets to discarded filing cabinets and dining room chairs to make new, useful and decorative items.  They have built stenciled signs, small shelves and pallet Mason jar holders. Recently, they have begun taking their projects a step further by building furniture.

Shelley Dockery, a teacher overseeing this group of Makers at the school, says, “Kids are inherently curious and creative. Given the space and opportunity to build and create, they will and you’ll be amazed at the things they make.” Dockery added that much of what these students have made will be on display at the School Maker Faire in March. “Knowing that they will be displaying their makes has pushed these kids’ imaginations into overdrive. They are really looking forward to it!”

The Learning Center is an official host of the third annual School Maker Faire open to the Murphy area and is looking for Makers to join the festivities. The event will be held at the school on Thursday, March 15th, from 3:30 – 7:30 pm. Contact The Learning Center for more information and to enter YOUR Maker project at


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It’s that time of year again to showcase you makes at our annual School Maker Faire!

Our 2017 School Maker Faire was a huge hit! We featured a line-up of over 70 Makers – almost double what we had in 2016.

Visit our website to sign up to show your makes at our 2018 School Maker Faire.  Click >>>HERE<<< to be taken to the form to fill out your entry!

ARTrageous Recap


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.


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.


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


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


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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French Jazz Concert at The Learning Center


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


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


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

Local Artist and Author Visits Charter School


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.


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