Eighth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School know how to give back to the community. That’s because throughout the school year they have developed service projects in conjunction with the Lead2Feed program.
Lead2Feed is a student leadership program that blends leadership lessons with community service. The program is designed for 6th-12th grade students and integrates robust leadership lessons with a project based learning model. The goal of the program is for students to increase their understanding of practical leadership skills as they take action to make a positive impact within their communities.
The eighth grade class was divided into four teams with the goal of creating service projects within our community. One team donated over 300 units of food and supplies to REACH in Murphy. Another group was able to raise money and donations for The Friendship House in Murphy. A third team scheduled three liter clean up days.
Teacher Ryan Bender noted that the students worked through all the necessary steps of each service project. “These student groups created team names and logos and worked diligently to determine attainable goals for their projects,” said Bender. “I am proud of their work and they are happy to have made a difference in our community.”
The Learning Center Charter School celebrated making of all kinds at our 4th annual School Maker Faire on Thursday, March 14 from 3:30 – 6:30. 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 – had booths featuring their own unique Maker project. There were hands-on activities, demonstrations, delicious homemade food and live music.
A special thank you to our wonderful community of Makers that made this event possible. The School Maker Faire proved to be an inspiring and educational evening for everyone who attended.
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.
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.”
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!
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.