On November 8, 2019, our school hosted our fourth annual art celebration and fundraising event — ARTrageous 2019.
Art was celebrated in all forms from food, dancing, live music, written and spoken word, to gallery art and a live drama performance from our very own TLC GrowZone Players.
The TLC GrowZone Players 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 performance was a spin on a old time radio show called The Thin Man.
Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the arts at TLC!
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is the coordinating organization for Walk to School Day held every October and Bike to School Day held each May. These events are used to encourage families to celebrate the benefits of walking and biking and to increase local leader commitment and visibility for traffic safety and community quality of life.
However, staff at the charter school opted to take this program farther than just a one day event each semester. Instead, they instituted a daily walking program for all students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
school, Ryan Bender, said “We want to promote a healthy and active lifestyle
for students, staff and parents.” He
added that starting each day with exercise is a great way to stimulate the
brain and get it prepared to learn during school. Also, by offering
incentives to participate in the morning walk, the school has seen a reduction
in the number of students arriving tardy to class each day.
students walk. If the weather is good, students walk a safe path on campus. If
it is raining or below 35 degrees, students complete their walk in the
“The first year of our walking program was a success in the way of fitness, attendance, class attentiveness and team building and we are thrilled to be continuing the daily walking program for a second year,” said Bender.
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Building boats and racing them down the creek was the order of the day on October 29th for fifth grade students at The Learning Center Charter School. That’s because field educators from Muddy Sneakers took the class on an expedition to Fires Creek to learn about force and motion.
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.
While at Fires Creek, students had to construct a boat and see how fast it could travel in the creek in 11 seconds. Students made a hypothesis, tested their boats, made adjustments and then tested them again. They also investigated how a pulley system works by trying to find the best way to get a rope over a tree limb to lift a weighted backpack off the ground.
Fifth grade science teacher at the school, Gina Stafford, said, “The students loved the trip not just because it was fun, but because they were divided into small groups and were really able to focus on what the instructors were teaching. I loved seeing the kids so involved with the activities and enjoying the outdoors. They really did get muddy sneakers!”
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Students in 4th and 5th grades made for the Holiday Cards for Our Service Members Drive. North Carolina Schools Superintendent, Mark Johnson, passed along this information to schools in North Carolina. Ms. Gina presented it to her students and they were very excited to participate in the wonderful drive. They used their writing skills to write a personal note along with some illustrations and decorations to create the holiday cards.