Speaking of School Maker Faire . . .

The last post was a recap of this year’s awesome School Maker Faire that we hosted on March 14th. Did you know that in the weeks and months leading up to the School Maker Faire our students eagerly work on all sorts of projects that they plan to display at the Faire?

From the very first day of school, teachers and staff remind students of all the ways that they can participate in our annual School Maker Faire. Whether it be with the costume they craft for our Halloween Monster Makers event to a project that sparked their imagination as part of their course work, students are encouraged to always be looking forward to School Maker Faire.

These photos are all of the second grade students busily working on their patriotic themed School Maker Faire projects in the weeks leading up to the Faire.  Hopefully while you were on campus you swung by the classroom and checked them out.

Scenes from Our 4th Annual School Maker Faire

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.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

The Learning Center Charter School inducted 13 new members to National Junior Honor Society on February 28, 2019.

Membership qualifications are based on the five pillars of NJHS:

  • Scholarship
    Per national guidelines, at a minimum, students must have a cumulative GPA of 85, B, 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent standard of excellence. (Each school chapter is allowed to require a higher cumulative GPA.)
  • Service
    This involves voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation.
  • Leadership
    Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, and idea contributors. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.
  • Character
    The student of good character is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a clean disciplinary record.
  • Citizenship
    The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic engagement; has a high regard for freedom and justice; respects democracy; respects the law for all citizens at the local, state, and federal levels; and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility in activities such as scouting, community organizations, or school clubs.

 

Entrepreneurship Taught Here!

Students at The Learning Center Charter School held their annual Mini Mall on January 31st.  This popular event is made possible through a program called Middle REAL.

Offered to 6th through 8th graders, Middle REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) provides curricula, training and resources to help rural students grow through hands-on entrepreneurship education and small business creation.  The school also has a Mini REAL program that serves kindergarten through 5th graders. Both programs are a part of the North Carolina REAL program which is dedicated to helping bring entrepreneurship and small business creation to our state.

The Mini and Middle REAL programs work together to hold the annual Mini Mall, an event that has students in kindergarten through fifth grades “shopping” at the Mini Mall with “bucks” they’ve earned in their classroom throughout the school year.  Middle school students are responsible for creating all the goods and services available at the Mini Mall.  These students create their business from the ground up doing everything from business plans, market surveys, and product design.

“This Mini Mall saw everything from a photo booth to a variety of carnival type games,” said school Director, Mary Jo Dyre.  “Although the day of the event was very much fun and games, the skills these students learned creating their businesses are valuable and will serve them for years to come.”

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!

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!