It’s Not Too Late to Become a Bear Cub Clogger

In conjunction with John C. Campbell Folk School, clogging classes are offered to our students on Tuesdays and Thursdays in September on our campus.

The fall clogging class session is a total of 10 classes and costs $20 (that’s only $2 a session!)

Any kindergarten through eighth grade student may sign up.  Please note that if the student is in kindergarten or first grade, they must have a sibling or adult present with them at practice.

Students will learn basic clogging steps and routines. They will have performance opportunities around our local community.

Students should have a leather soled shoe, tap, or clogging shoes.

Want to know more?  Click or tap here to send Ms. Monica an email and to reserve a space for your child. 

Music Camp Taught More Than Just Music

Twenty four area teens participated in the inaugural year of “Music Takes You Places” in Murphy from June 25-30, 2019.  The camp was brought to Murphy by the Jackie Ward Foundation.

The Jackie Ward Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) foundation that seeks to enrich and enhance education to local students by introducing the life-changing power of the Arts, while also promoting business, entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering and math education.

The music camp was founded and is directed by accomplished pianist, Latavius Mulzac. Mulzac is a musician and music producer out of Nashville, Tennessee and has toured with BB King All Star Band, Lady Antebellum, Silk and more.

“My ‘Music Takes You Places’ program is designed to cultivate self discipline and awareness, emotional intelligence, and creativity in each student.  The goal is to guide each participant to a place musically that acts as a path to success in society,” said Mulzac.

The campers spent the week learning numerous songs in preparation for their showcase performance that was held Sunday, June 30th at the Texana Community Center.

Mulzac said that in addition to the music lessons, he had campers focused on setting and achieving goals each day.  Plus, each day during the lunch session, campers were entertained by notable musicians including Daniela Soledade, a Brazilian singer from Rio de Janeiro, master guitarist Nate Najara, and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson.

To learn more, please visit Music Takes You Places or the Jackie Ward Foundation.

8th Grade Service Projects

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.”

Innovation Tech Camp — June 10 – 13, 2019 — at TLC!

June will be here before you know it.  Consider this A W E S O M E camp for your student. Open to all whether a TLC student or not.

Call our front office at 835-7240 for more information or go to HERE  to register.

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.

2nd Grade — Field Work to GMREC

Second grade had an amazing day visiting the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center where they participated in a water conservation program.

Students engaged in interactive activities as part of the program. Activities included making a frog with moving parts to demonstrate the different stages of the frog life cycle.

They also participated in a water waste vs water conservation activity.

Students then participated in a water pollution activity and concluded the visit learning all about the stages of the water cycle.

Students walked away having learned about the importance water conservation.

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!