National School Breakfast Week & Celebrating Dr. Seuss

Studies indicate that students who eat breakfast increase their math and reading scores and improve their cognitive speed and memory, according to the Food Research and Action Center.  Students who are “fueled up” with a nutritious meal increase the chances that their mental and physical stamina is up to par for a great day at school.

 

The Learning Center Charter School celebrated National School Breakfast Week March 5th-9th both as a means to recognize the importance of this meal and to increase awareness of the school’s Early Bird Breakfast Club.

The Learning Center’s Early Bird Breakfast Club begins at 7:15am daily. The nutrition staff offers up both hot and cold breakfast options as well as cereal, fruit, yogurt and milk. The program was the first in the state to win the Breakfast Champion Award in 2012.  Additionally, the program has received two grants – one from No Kid Hungry North Carolina/Share Our Strength, and another from Action for Healthy Kids School Grants for Healthy Kids.

 

As part of the week long breakfast celebration, the school marked the birthday of literary giant, Dr. Seuss. Kitchen staff wore Seuss costumes, the Dining Commons was decked out in Seuss colors and decorations and students were served green eggs and ham.

School Child Nutrition Director, Hilary Dixson, said, “Offering well prepared, healthy food that nourishes our young learners is a cornerstone of our educational environment. National School Breakfast Week was a way to teach the importance of eating a nutritious breakfast and the silly costumes and green eggs and ham made it fun and memorable for our students.”

Grow Zone Players Gearing Up For Spring Musical. Are You?

The Learning Center Charter School’s drama group, The Grow Zone Players, are busily preparing for this year’s spring musical, Oh, Horrors, It’s Murder. The school will offer three performances; Friday, May 4th, Saturday, May 5th at 6:30pm and Sunday, May 6th at 2pm.

In Oh, Horrors, It’s Murder, the Hamilton museum has opened an exhibit entitled, “Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen.” Professor Johann Vanderveer has invited world renowned Egyptologist Dirk Carlton to speak about his recent trip to Egypt and the discoveries he made concerning the ancient Tomb of Menkaura. However, during the presentation, something goes awry and someone ends up dead. It is up to Lt. Dani Morrow to crack the mystery

This play is appropriate for all ages with hilarious comedy and toe-tapping songs throughout.  Some audience members may get a chance to accuse characters in an attempt to discover the truth.

In addition to the perplexing mystery, there will be a live exhibit from the display of Monsters, Murderers, and Madmen for patrons to enjoy both before the show and during the intermission.

Play Director, Ryan Bender, said, “I want to thank the Jackie Ward Foundation for Academics and the Arts for supporting us, and the school for continuing to be a place that fosters not only education, but a long-lived passion for the Arts.  The cast is working really hard to put on what hopes to be our best, funniest, and most hair-raising play yet!”

The musical will be performed in the auditorium on The Learning Center campus at 945 Conahetta Street in Murphy.  There will be three performances — May 4th and 5th at 6:30pm and May 6th at 2pm. Purchase tickets now in the front office or via our website at www.naturallygrownkids.org or call 828-825-7240.

“Mini Mall” Showcases Entrepreneurship Across Grades

Students at The Learning Center Charter School recently held the first of two annual mini malls on campus. This popular event is made possible through a program called Middle REAL.

Offered to 5th 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 4th 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 two annual Mini Malls, an event that has students in kindergarten through fourth 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. For the first time this year, students even made video commercials advertising their business.

“This Mini Mall saw everything from popcorn and juice for sale to rented time enjoying a virtual reality machine,” 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.”

You can find out more about the REAL Entrepreneurship program at www.ncreal.org.

 

Envirothon Team Competes Today!

There are four students participating in a regional competition called Envirothon today. Envirothon’s goal is to teach students about wildlife, aquatics, soil, forestry, and current events involving the environment. The students started preparing for the event in October and started the Envirothon elective in January.

These photos show the students completeing a training day in Waynesville on February 1, 2018.

At today’s competition, if they place in the top three, they will go on to compete in the state competition. Good luck students!

St. Patrick’s Day FUNdraiser for OM

OM (Odyssey of the Mind) teams from our school have advanced to the next level of competition and that means that numerous students and chaperones will need transportation, room and board for the event. To help with this cause, students were allowed to dress in green for St. Patrick’s Day last week in exchange for $2.  These fourth graders festively joined in on the fun!