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!

School Maker Faire spotlights makers of all kinds, March 14

This Maker crafted her dress entirely from duct tape!

The Learning Center Charter School is celebrating making of all kinds at their 4th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30 – 6:30.

Maker Faire, an official brand and trademark for this worldwide phenomenon, is a celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. It’s a place to show what you’ve made and to share what you’ve learned with others.  Schools host Maker Faires because they are a perfect combination of part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new. School Maker Faire exhibitors, or “makers,” are primarily students—either as individuals, clubs, classes or groups. And Maker Faire exhibits can be from any discipline — from science to art to gardening to engineering to craft.

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.

Julie Johnson, organizer for the School Maker Faire, 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.”

Johnson added that having makers from the community sharing and interacting with the young people make the event truly special.

The Learning Center is an official host of the fourth 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 14th, from 3:30 – 6:30 pm. Contact The Learning Center for more information and to enter YOUR Maker project at naturallygrownkids.org/school-maker-faire.

Ready for School Maker Faire?

Across the world, Makers are coming together to celebrate the innovation and invention that comes from curiosity and the drive to explore. In gathering both formal and informal, they are coming together to share the love of their DIY, tech-driven passions. Maker Faires occur across the globe.

This year marks our Fourth Annual School Maker Faire!

School Maker Faires are mini versions of the city-wide Maker Faires that happen all over the globe.

As an E-STEAM school that emphasizes learning through doing, we think being part of the Maker Movement is the perfect way to engage and excite our students and larger community, about the world around them.

Mark your calendars for March 14th to join us for our School Maker Faire. Want to showcase your makes?  Click HERE to register!

 

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.

ARTrageous 2018 Recap

On November 8th and 9th, 2018, our school hosted our third annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2018.

This two night event featured a live and silent auction on Thursday. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson, was on hand to entertain the crowd.

On the second night of the event, art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and live drama performances.

Our fabulous TLC! GrowZone Players  performed a one-act play. These young actors always steal the show and give audiences a great preview of the spectacular performances you’ll see at our annual Spring Musical. This year’s play, The Wolf Who Was a Vegetarian, and Other Slightly Bizarre Stories featured the work of North Carolina Playwright Susan Steadman,  seen in the photo above.

5th Grade Muddy Sneakers — Studying the Weather

You might remember that our 5th graders participate in a program called Muddy Sneakers each year.  The Muddy Sneakers program exists to enrich the standard course of study through experiential education in an outdoor setting where students connect with the land, become more active, and gain self-confidence while improving science aptitude.  Muddy Sneakers began as a pilot program in the spring of 2007 with Brevard and Pisgah Forest Elementary Schools in Transylvania County and has grown each year to now serve 36 schools across 12 counties and 13 school districts in the Carolinas.

As part of their ongoing Muddy Sneakers experience, in November students worked with the field educators to learn all about weather.  They used the Scientific Method to measure weather changes between two different points in the day.  Throughout the days adventures, students learned about cold fronts, warms fronts, stationary weather fronts. They played weather related games, acted out weather related skits and generally had a blast being out and observing weather first hand.

1st & 2nd Grades Visit Murphy Mayor

Back in October, students in first and second grade visited the Mayor of Murphy, Mr. Ramsey. They got to tour his offices and ask all sorts of questions about what a mayor does on a daily basis. Learning about roles within a community are important academic standards for these young students and visiting Mayor Ramsey cemented in their minds the importance of the job. Thank you Mayor Ramsey!