Foody 500 Practice Schedule


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Are you participating in the Foody 500?

Please email with two times that would work for you. We will work to confirm your schedule time as soon as possible. Weather is making communication a bit difficult but we are all gearing up to the Foody 500 event which will take place in our new facility on March 5th.

Update on Construction and Happenings on Campus

Lowe’s Heroes….and other heroes making things happen at The Learning Center! Charter School ! in conjunction with the SOON TO START BUILDING PROGRAM

Now two and a half years ago we first began to plan with our architect, David Lisle of Lisle Architecture our of Wilmington, NC, the next building phase that would be made possible through a USDA loan. A requirement of the USDA loan application includes some in-kind project. When the board concluded that we needed to do as much as possible to improve the public perception of our campus, the architect came up a low-cost project idea that could be accomplished by volunteer help, with some seed monies from community organizations: the Terraced Planting Space, phase 1 of which has now been completed thanks to volunteer efforts of Lowe’s Heroes, Cherokee County Farm Bureau, Nehemiah’s Neighbors, and some of our awesome parents.

The architect had helped to establish THREE GOALS to accomplish with the Terraced Planting Project:

Goal 1: To create with minimum outlay of cash raised through community seed funds, small gardening grants and private donations a “green space” in the front of the school that gives the public a “first impression” of our school based on a cause and an approach to education that is dear to The Learning Center heart. In other words, when fully developed ( hopefully sometime in the late spring of 2015) modules are not the first thing the public notices about our campus.

Goal 2: To solve a safety problem that has exists each and every day students are meeting parents in cars during pick-up. The vertical planting space forces the use of one of the three exit path rather that students running out directly into traffic. Even though we will not get the final steps put in until another small grant arrives for outdoor space, the safety problem has already been solved.

Goal 3: To provide a secure, fenced area for raising food for School Nutrition Program use while also providing space for ongoing school-wide STEM lesson that will be carried out year after year. We anticipate having a portion of this goal complete in late Spring 2015 and Fall of 2015.

In short, what an accomplishment from volunteers and grant and community seed funds.

PLEASE NOTE: Although not linked to the USDA loan requirements, we have already started beginning steps of a complete renovation of the Dining Commons. We will know soon as to whether we have the grant funds to see this project to completion sooner as opposed to later.

HOT OFF THE PRESS: We are gearing up to the official ground-breaking for the long-awaited Gymnatorium/Makers Space that is to be located behind the Dining Commons. As of today, November 18, 2014, we anticipate ground breaking to occur Monday, November 24 or soon thereafter.

If you ever have questions about our long-range building plan, do not hesitate to ask. I had a booth set up at the Parent’s Fair and the first Director Under the Tent session for just such questions and will continue to provide information throughout the school year at key presentation times.

Join us in being excited about all of the many signs of growth that are happening here on The Learning Center! Charter School campus.

Mary Jo Dyre, Director


In the summer of 2013 when The Learning Center! Charter School began to prepare for the 10th annual Monster Mash Bash, those of us involved, made a commitment to see the next ten years of -Monster Mash history grow into an even greater community -wide entertainment piece.   Simultaneously, the Jackie Ward Foundation made the commitment to support a weekend arts entertainment event that would enrich the Murphy, NC area.  It was immediately concluded that the annual Learning Center Monster Mash provided the ideal foundation on which to accomplish the Jackie Ward Foundation goal. Jackie Ward board members, working with Barbara Hughes and Jon and Tammy Fleisher, drawing on the rich historical research of the Cherokee County Paranormal Society, moved forward to create the Legend Has It Weekend.  On Friday, October 24, 2014, the Legend Has It Weekend will kick-off with a 2 hour Legend Has It Walking Tour of Murphy under the direction of David Vowell working with a talented group of regional actors who will make history and lore come alive.  Saturday, night, October 25, 2014, the Learning Center’s annual Monster Mash Bash event will conclude the Legend Has It Weekend. This year’s Monster Mash theme is Harry Potter, including the area-acclaimed Hogwart’s Revisited MAZE , booths, costume contest, bounce houses, cake raffles, and more. See details of both nights of the Legend Has It Weekend below:

  • Legend Has It Walking Tour of Murphy: Friday, October 24, 2014. Starts at 8:15 SHARP in front of the Daily Grind in downtown Murphy. Ticket Price: $20 includes 2 hour walking tour, end-of-tour refreshments at the Parson’s Pub, and small group “after hour’s tour” of a surprise historical site in the downtown area.  Tickets can be purchased in advance at The Learning Center! Charter School office, online at or the downtown Murphy Curiosity Book Store. Arrive early enough to retrieve your  reserved ticket at the All Call table. We do not guarantee that tickets will be available the night of the event.
  • The Learning Center’s MONSTER MASH BASH: Saturday, October 25, 2014. 6:00 pm-10:00pm.

NOTE THESE CHANGES IN ADMISSION PRICE:  $5 Admission Bracelet: all booths, all night.  $10 Admission Bracelet, all booths, contests, Bounce House and Slide, all night.

 Cake/stuffed animal walks, raffles, silent auction, the Hogwart’s Revisited MAZE and food  vendors are all separate cash events.

2014 Spring Academics and the Arts Emphasis

For those of you who have long been a part of life at The Learning Center! you are very familiar with our annual spring emphasis on the Academics and the Arts. If you are new to the campus or if you just want to know the latest, you may want to check out the information on our website , under Events, then click on Academics and the Arts.  Additionally there is more detailed, related information:

Historically, the Spring Academics and Arts emphasis started as a two-day celebration, then expanded to a week-long event, to several weeks, and next to a semester. It is so exciting to realize that we are pulling off an arts emphasis that happens all year long. Check out our ongoing accomplishments for the 2013-2014 school year:

  • Beginning of fall semester: Introduced Get Exposed to Music Friday and The Beat Goes On, private music lessons. Both programs will be ongoing.
  • K-4 Chorus Program
  • GrowZone Players participate in the annual Street Drama event through Cherokee County Arts Council Art Walk.
  • Annual Veterans’ Day Program, K-4 Chorus
  • Annual Tree Lighting Program, 2nd-4th Chorus
  • Annual Murphy Christmas Parade, GrowZone Players
  • Elective Program, 6th -8th, Art and Design(Carrie Dyer, instructor), Pottery (Julie Johnson, instructor) Knitting and Crochet,( BJ McFalls and Carol Jean Smith, instructors)
  • K-4 Visual Arts Program, Carrie Dyer, instructor
  • New “arts connection” with Elm Street Cultural Arts Village, Woodstock, GA, Gay Grooms, Director. GrowZone Players and Jackie Ward Foundation representatives were recent guests at an Elm Street performance of Treasure Island.  It is through the Elm Street connection and the drive of our own Music Education Program Director, Judy Coleman, that we are beginning a K-4 Drama Education Program, starting late spring with grades 3rd-4th.
  • Annual Talent Show, K-8
  • Jo Kilmer, clogging instructor, is finishing up today the 2014 Artist in Residency stint here on our campus. This residency offering is made possible through a Grassroots Arts Grant promoted through the Cherokee County Arts Council. Kelly and I have enjoyed the number of parents coming into the office asking for more details about the dance classes that Jo offers at the nearby Wellness Center. We have also enjoyed students coming in to tell us that they have bought tap shoes for clogging.
  • Annual Spring Concert, K-4, Judy Coleman, Director
  • Annual Spring Play, THE BIG BAD MUSICAL, Lisa Maliska, Director, Judy Coleman, Music Director, The GrowZone Players,
  • Group of 5th-8th graders attended NORTH CAROLINA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA concert sponsored by Brasstown Concert Association, with special thanks to Roberta Rankin, Jackie Ward Foundation.
  • K-8TH YOUTH ARTISTS, working with Carrie Dyer and Julie Johnson submitted entries in the Valley River Arts Guild 2014 Student Art Exhibit.

Monster Mash a Hit Thanks to Volunteers

Monster Mash a Hit Thanks to Volunteers


The Learning Center! Charter School’s 9th annual Monster Mash Bash was a smash thanks to multitude of talented, hardworking and creative volunteers. From teachers, parents, grandparents, community members and local business owners, each is appreciated and invaluable in putting on this community-wide Halloween event.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to our DIAMOND Level sponsors: WKRK Radio, Sounds Good Electronics,Ground to Graphics, Hot Foot Street Rods, Tusquittee Valley Farm, Indian Hills Spring Water Jacob Anderson Tree Service / Eastern Recycling, Signs Fast Inc., and Nathan Baerreis Photography

Gold Sponsors: Acadia,Mike Davis, Hurlburt-Johnson Friendship House and Carpet Mart.

Silver Sponsors: The Kevas Family, Blomeley Law Firm, Marguerite Stricker Melanie Rothchild and Lee Erker

Bronze Sponsors: Jim & Billie Bell, Antiquities, Dr. Richard & Joy Knee, Robby Evans, Jamie Donaldson

We also thank board members, staff and parents of The Learning Center!, who worked booths, helped with set-up, parking and clean-up. Costume judges John Snow and Jennifer Badger and Joe Fowler also deserve a special thanks.

In addition, high school students and community members volunteered time for acting, make-up, and set design.

Thanks again to Mayor Bill Hughes for participation in our “pre-event PR stunt,” The Cherokee County Chamber, and those who gave anonymously so students in need could participate in the fun in spite of these tough economic times.


Mary Jo Dyre, Director of The Learning Center!

Annual Green & Clean Appreciation Dinner

The annual Green and Clean Dinner has to be one of the best events that our school makes happen. As most of you know who will be reading this post, we are a small school operating on a slim budget. Any landscaping that occurs comes from volunteer help. In May we come together at a white linen dinner under the stars, complete with some of the best food….typically main course,… meat and a vegetarian offering, are provided by our awesome school chef, Debby Intemann. Then side dishes are brought with an emphasis on local, from the garden foods. We gather to celebrate the year’s gardening accomplishments. As the night unfolds, our energy to work the grounds and to green our space grows. We all leave with growing plans for the upcoming year. Perhaps one of the dearest comments came from a family whose son is graduating from 8th grade this year…”Can we still be Green and Clean members after our son graduates?” Of course, the answer is yes. Get your hands dirty! Join Green and Clean…it’s a growing group.


The Learning Center! Charter School Announces a Musical Production


Yes, at last, here at The Learning Center! Charter School we are attempting our debut into the performing arts with a late spring production of The Princess and the Pea, a Traditional Tale Told Anew for Unison and 2-part Voices by Andy Beck and Brian Fisher. Some have already called us crazy. However, as Director of The Learning Center! Charter School working alongside those have been involved with the initial phases of getting this undertaking off the ground, I can assure you that we are very excited about this opportunity for our Learning Center students and the larger community that we are hoping to impact.

Our predominant goal here at our school is to provide our middle school students  with educational opportunities that develop basic skills for and an appreciation of the performing arts.  Additionally we are extending an invitation for some of our area homeschoolers to participate in this rich experience. Opportunities will be available in acting, singing, set design, tech support and costume design.

I have also extended an  audition invitation to two talented older youth that have been a part of our Learning Center student body in the past.  Candy Cook is additionally in communication with Dr. Hendley from TCCC to discuss interests from the Early College Students drama students. Some may ask why we are involving older, more experienced students if the focus is predominately on offering performing arts education to the middle school students here at The Learning Center. In the research that I have done prior to finalizing our plans for this undertaking, I have been encouraged by others to include a “padding of experience” when working with students that are middle school and below in order to provide a production experience that is positive for the younger students as opposed to possibly being totally frustrating. We look forward to accomplishing much through these combined efforts.

Please note the following dates. Depending on how these dates apply to you, please add to your calendars accordingly:

·         Friday, February 3, 2012, 12:30-2:55: All homeschool 5th-8th students who are interested in being a part of the upper-grades production of The Princess and the Pea should sign-in through The Learning Center! Charter School office no later than 12:20 in order to be in the Dining Commons for the organizational meeting of The Princess and the Pea Production Elective. (If high-school students are interested in auditioning for parts or working in other aspects of the production, please attend this organizational meeting also to know more about the process.  AUDITIONS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE AT THIS INTRODUCTORY MEETING. Additionally, we welcome adults who may be willing to volunteer in a behind-the-scenes capacity.) *Copies of parts for auditioning will be available for older students who cannot attend this meeting. Please request parts by emailing Candace Cook at

·         Friday’s in general from 12:30-2:55 (If there is a change in this schedule you will receive notice in advance.), The Princess and the Pea Production Elective, Grades 5-8.

·         AUDITIONS FOR PRINCESS AND THE PEA AT THE HENN THEATRE: FRIDAY, FEB. 17, 2012, 12:30-until finished. (Depending on the part for which you are auditioning, we may ask you to arrive at a more specific time during this time frame.)

·         Tuesday, May 22, 2012, 6:00 at the Henn Theater/ Dress Rehearsal for The Princess and the Pea. Guests will be by invitation only to people who make up the Art Community. A reception will be held immediately following the production to introduce our players and staff to the Art Community guests. (more details to follow)

·         Thursday, May 24, 2012, 6:30 at the Henn Theater/ presenting The Princess and the Pea. Open to the public with advance sale of tickets.

·         Tuesday, May 29, 2012, matinee performance for Learning Center students ONLY at the Henn Theater.


I have decided to use email for the majority of the communication. I will be counting on each of you to spread the word of this exciting undertaking in the area of the performing arts. Please, do not hesitate to stay in communication with me as the details of this production unfold. The school office number is 828-835-7240. Kelly , our receptionist, will direct your call. Emailing me is probably more effective and less frustrating than trying to reach me by phone. I also encourage those of you who are not yet aware of our website:, our blog: www.tlcgrowzone/blog or our presence on Facebook to spend some time with these information resources, for they truly capture the heartbeat of our school.



Mary Jo Dyre, Director

8th Grade Venture Out Program in Full Swing for 2011-12

[In October 2011, 8th graders visited Western Carolina University’s Forensic Science Department as part of TLC’s Venture Out Program.  Students got to scientifically analyze their own mock crime scene.] 

A Learning Center! Charter School Cross-Curricular Appalachian Studies  Program designed to introduce 8th graders to the process of making the world their classroom

In my last year in the classroom, I assigned Peter Jenkin’s book Walk Across America to my rising 8th graders as a summer reading requirement. Inspired by an author that had turned the world into his classroom, so to speak, I found myself in a state of growing fascination with all the possibilities of combining travel with education.  I soon saw with this particular book and extended study how research, virtual tours, and creativity could be used in an assignment called “Walk Across North Carolina” that is still, by the way, being used with Learning Center 8th graders.

As the year had progressed with the original class that had initially been assigned the “Walk Across North Carolina” project, I became determined to push my 8th graders to VENTURE OUT into the most fascinating textbook they could possibly use…the world around us. It was obvious to me that our region offered many day trips that in turn offered lessons across the curriculum. Soon other teachers began to get involved in the development of our VENTURE OUT program. You might even say that Peter Jenkin’s wanderlust spirit seemed to take root in our school mindset.  As the well known saying goes, “The rest is history”.  We educators at The Learning Center naturally insist upon adding literature, science, and math to that quote, creating a rich, cross-curricular Appalachian Studies experience linking education and travel.

The VENTURE OUT program promotes trips to places and people of interest across the Mountain Region of North Carolina. Typical outings may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Cherokee County:  Historic downtown Murphy including the trail of historic cemeteries; John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, including resident artist hands-on tour and the Rivercane Wall; a stop at the renowned “Clay’s Corner”; a step back in time at the old country store in the Peachtree community; Walker Inn, Andrews; study of historic area schools.
  • Clay County: Finding fairy crosses, visiting the Ogden School as part of a study of historic area schools in the midst of scenic Clay County.
  • Graham County:  Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest, stopping along the way to explore a small portion of the Trail of Tears, Cherohala Skyway, Fontana Dam
  • Jackson County: Forensic Studies Field Trip to Western Carolina University
  • Macon County: Gem and Mineral Museum of Franklin, Civilian Conservation Corps, Wayah Bald, Nantahala Lake as a source of hydroelectric power, Glen Choga Lodge.
  • Swain County: the abandoned sites of Hazel Creek and Proctor; Deep Creek area of Great Smoky Mountain National Park.

Venture Out goals include expanding to overnight trips in other Mountain Region Counties of North Carolina.

 Additionally, VENTURE OUT works in conjunction with the annual Upper Grades Class Trip opportunities that are offered to Learning Center students on a three-year cycle, covering the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years of our students. The three year cycle always includes 1) New York City, with in-route stops including Natural Bridge, Hershey Factory, or Gettysburg. 2) North Carolina Coast, with in-route stops in the Piedmont area. 3) Director’s Choice: This choice has included Charleston, Savannah, and New Orleans.

Center students start their North Carolina studies in fourth grade. We like to say that we start Venture Out Junior at this point, laying the foundation for combining education with travel, using the world and people around us as a rich, educational resource.  Again, a cross-curricular approach is taken to social studies and history, expanding into a STEM to STEAM approach, including rich field work including such sites as Cherokee County Historical Museum, Heritage Park Cherokee Exhibit in Hayesville and the Clay County Museum. Students even venture into northeast GA to better understand the regional ties to a border state such as ours. An annual visit to Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center to experience the “Trees Program” is always a part of 4th grade adventures.

4th and 5th graders are also offered a one night, two day travel opportunity comparable to the 6th-8th Upper Grades Class Trip. This offering has included the HOTlanta tour featuring the Atlanta Zoo Night Crawler Program, Center for Puppetry Arts, World of Coca Cola or Fernbank, and the famous Pitty Pat’s Porch; The Sleep with the Sharks tour featuring “Hands on Cherokee” and Oconaluftee Indian Village, Cherokee Botanical Garden and Nature Trail, and Ripley’s Aquarium; the Chatanooga Belle tour featuring an overnight adventure on board the new dockside boat and all that Rock City has to offer.

Monster Mash Thanks Volunteers

The Learning Center! Charter School’s 8th annual Monster Mash Bash was a smash thanks to a multitude of talented, hardworking and creative volunteers. From teachers, parents, grandparents, community members and local business owners, each is appreciated and invaluable in putting on this community wide Halloween event. 

Some local business owners were “over the top” this year in their level of giving and volunteering of their time and services. We’d like to give a special thanks to our Diamond Level sponsors: Advanced Auto Repair, Curtis Glass and Sign Co., Ground to Graphics and Hot Foot Collision Repair, Sounds Good Electronics, Southern Auto Color, Studley Chiropractic, Robert Gougler of Sunshine Mt. Farms, Bruna Dube of Blue Rock Materials and Tusquittee Valley Farm.

Our Platinum Level Sponsors were: Blue Ridge Highlander, Macon Bank, Mountain Office Systems and WKRK.

Gold Sponsors were: Carolina Prime Pet, Clay’s Corner, Indian Hills Spring Water, Italian Café & Deli, McDonald’s, Murphy Printing & Vinyl, Sensational Days Salon & Spa, and ShoeBooties Café.

Silver Sponsors were: Can Do Computers, Dickey Supply Co, King Ford, Ronnie Whitener, Swing House Lodging, and Jacky Jones Automotive Group.

We also thank board members, staff and parents of The Learning Center! who worked booths, helped with set-up, parking and clean-up.  Costume judges Sherrie Maize, Joe Fowler and Doc Richard Knee also deserve a special thanks. In addition high school students, community members, parents and staff volunteered time for acting, make-up, and set design.   We certainly couldn’t have pulled off such a fabulous event without each and every one of you.

Thanks Mayor Bill Hughes for participation in our “pre-event PR stunt.”

And to those who gave anonymously so students in need could participate in the fun in spite of these tough economic times, we thank you.

Mary Jo Dyre, Director of The Learning Center!

2011 Monster Mash and the Old Ogden School — What’s the Connection?



Scooby Doo and haunts from the old Ogden School in the Brasstown /Warne Community team up to make The Learning Center’s Monster Mash 2011 Scooby Doo Where Are You ? and the Ghoul School Mystery Maze (October 29 at The Learning Center campus) possibly the best yet for the  annual, crowd-drawing Halloween attraction. 

As plans for the 2011 Monster Mash began to finalize, the twelve member planning committee settled on the Ghoul School Mystery Maze for the name of the labyrinth-style entertainment that has proven to be the magnet for the night’s festivities since the first Monster Mash that opened to the public in 2005. The director of The Learning Center! soon saw a possible flaw in the tie to the Scooby  Ghoul School cartoon….it is, after all, based on a ritzy, all-girl boarding school, not exactly what says “school” to our mountain region.  She was quick to point out that our area is dotted with the remains of many old schools in various states of disrepair. One such school, Ogden School in the Brasstown/Warne community was actually the second location (1985-1990) of what is now The Learning Center! Charter School.  Director Dyre felt certain that from her own memories of the years spent in this old school environment, along with those of assistant director Karen Brinke and Montessori teacher Regina Swanson, they could contribute to the basic re-creation of the feel and ambience of that old school setting. However, Dyre was certain that if anyone could truly bring the memories of the old school to life on a crisp, fall Monster Mash night, when the air is just right for a stroll down memory lane and an unsuspected bump in the dark that sends one screaming down the halls of the theatrical version of old Ogden School, it would be some of the former students of the early 1920s-1975 Ogden School.

Clay Logan
Some immediate community names came to mind as the search for Ogden alums got under way: David Hyatt, Clay Ivester, and, of course, Clay Logan.  Knowing Logan’s ability to spin a yarn and to create a venue where conversation could flow freely, we settled on our first contact.  Logan promised to bring several of his Ogden cronies to what has now become the legendary Clay’s Corner of Brasstown. Within moments of arriving, Clay welcomed us with an immediate question: “Did you like school?” He went on to say that he certainly did. Of course this was bait for our response question. As educators we wanted to know what specifically caused him to confess years later that he indeed liked school.  Logan answered, “Spin the bottle.” Although he could read the shock on our faces, he just left us to accept that Spin the Bottle was somehow a part of his school setting. He quickly added, “That is until this new girl showed up at school. You see, she was about 300 pounds. She took up two-thirds of the circle and the bottle would almost always land on her…ruined the odds.” As Karen Brinke was reviewing her notes later on that night, she sent an email with this conclusion, “ I guess that “Spin the Bottle” was educational after all….fractions….probability… I knew at this moment that we were in for a very interesting interview.”
Bill Tipton

Clay had invited two other Ogden alumni: David Anderson and Bill Tipton, both students at Ogden from 1946-1954.  We soon found out that these three men had evolved into what is more commonly called the Brasstown Brain Trust. As we took our seats in the circle that is so often filled with young and old, sharing, reminiscing and just enjoying each other’s company at Clay’s Corner,  these three men, and the arrival of a fourth, Ralph Myers, who started at Ogden in 1931, managed to fill our pages with memories that are rich in history. Educators, other staff and students came to life as these living Brasstown legends shared memories of a building and a community that has come to be known as the old Ogden School. This writing is by no means intended to be exhaustive Ogden School research. It is meant to capture the spirit of a community that gathered in Ogden School from the early 1920s through its closing due to consolidation in 1975, continuing into its days as a local mecca for Blue Grass Music, hosting big names such as Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs along with local favorites Colin and Carl Green.

David Anderson

The following listing, in a very random order, pays tribute to the people, their works, concepts of school and education from the early 1920s through 1974, the accomplishments, and the lore that keeps the circle at Clay’s Corner and in other nooks and crannies talking about the old Ogden School:

  • Robert L. Anderson, Sr., one of the sub-contractors responsible for the construction of Ogden School
  • David Anderson’s grandfather, James Buchanan Anderson, helped to build in 1922-1923 the Ogden School building that still sits on Old Hwy.64 in the Brasstown/Warne community.
  • Lucy Hyatt, 1st grade teacher, a name still spoken with respect
  • George Bristol, teacher, was left-handed and could swing a paddle. He was also remembered for the Debate Team that he started in 7th grade and the fact that he brought his own encyclopedias for the students to use.
  • The traveling minister who came to the school every few weeks
  • Ralph Myer’s memory of the boys being sent out to draw water from the well
  • Horace Garrison, last principal of Ogden and known for assuring that Ogden excelled as a school
  • Sports facts and lore: Girls basketball started first.  A boys’ team was eventually added. Basketball was played on an outside court that was part of the rockiest playground in the history of schools. Bill Tipton contends that Ogden had the best softball team around.  I guess you could say swimming was also an Ogden sport, for most attested to sneaking away for a swim in Brasstown Creek.
  • All of our sources for this interview agree that there was some good cooking that came out of the cafeteria.
  • Pot-belly coal stoves to a coal-heated radiator system kept at least some of the cold out of the building.  Male students often had the opportunity shovel coal as an opportunity to refocus or to repent of some wrong done in the classroom.
  • Students could pretty much count on the bus getting stuck up on Trout Cove in the winter months.
  • Subjects included Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Health, Geography, drama and some music. No one could recall science being taught. To pass 6th grade students had to memorize all the states and capitols as well as all the counties in North Carolina.
  • The Yearbook was named the Ogden Eagle.
  • Bill Tipton’s mother was affectionately called a Grade Mother. Basically she mothered everybody in the class and made sure they were well taken care of when it came to class parties and anything else that was needed.
  • According to David Anderson, Uncle Norman, Ogden School maintenance man/janitor was an international entrepreneur specializing in the sale of whiskey and game cocks all the way into Mexico and Puerto Rico
  • Names that were spoken full of strong memory: Opal Lovin, Aubrey Byers, Bob Cunningham and Ida B. Timpson
  • Clay Logan was 24 years old when the school closed and had been serving as the Maintenance Supervisor.
  • A concluding remark that that was made several times as the conversation turned to those times in the history of the building when either the original school closed, the Blue Grass music was no longer heard from the Ogden stage, or the last uses such as The Learning Center!, Southwestern Child Development, or private use came to an end:  “It just sat there….”


Ralph Myers

The old Ogden School….we have captured it for a moment. You will see this piece on The Learning Center!  website and the school’s blog: tlcgrowzone . You may even see portions of it in the area newspapers. If you wish to add to the Ogden information, our blog, TLCgrowzone is the place to comment and share. You may find that there is more life still in the Ogden School Community than you think.  Thanks to the Ogden school for housing The Learning Center! briefly before its move into Murphy.  For the fun of it, come out on October 29, 6:30-10:30 at The Learning Center! campus  at 945 Conaheeta Street, Murphy to run the halls of the maze, to view the spoof we are making of Clay’s Corner,  Warne post office and even the Brasstown Mines. You may be surprised who you find lurking in the theatrical walls of Scooby Doo’s Ghoul School Maze.  For this one night, The Learning Center! Charter School will make sure the spirit of old Ogden School does more than “just sit there.”

World Famous Clay's Corner in Brasstown, NC

By:  Mary Jo Dyre, Director, The Learning Center! Charter School