Call for Action: TLC’s Sept. 11 Day of Service

Calling all community members!

TLC is looking for locations around town for our students to serve on September 11th.  Know of a deserving community member, organization or business that could benefit from some hands on help from our students on September 11th?  Contact Ms. Shelley ASAP at

And if YOU would like to be on campus for the event to volunteer please let us know!

Valley River Ringers Perform Lady Gaga As Part of Academics & the Arts Week

{Please pardon my slight giggle in the middle of the video.  I was getting such a kick out the Valley River Ringers (!!!) performing a Lady Gaga song for our students that I couldn’t wipe the silly grin off my face. . . and it kept welling up into a giddy little giggle in my throat.  I loved it! Thank you Valley River Ringers!  The kids haven’t stopped talking about it since you were here yesterday!}

Scenes from Academics & the Arts Week

Special guest and resident artist of the Cherokee County Arts Council, Jeff Menzer is on campus all week working with various grades and creating "Sensational Snakes!"
5th graders also working on "Sensational Snakes" with Resident Artist Jeff Menzer.

Amanda Kanack with the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition working with 7th graders on aquatic animals and creek ecology as part of Academics & the Arts Week.

Outdoor art project in The Outdoor Learning Center.
Take a stroll through The Dining Commons to see the wonderful student art on display this week!

And don’t forget the spring chorus concert this Thursday at 6:30 at The Henn Theater!  See you all there!



TLC! Lends Helping Hand to Tornado Victims

An F2 tornado hit Murphy on Friday, March 2, 2012.  By Sunday, March 4th students and teachers at TLC! had already devised ways that they could help in the recovery effort.  Eighth grade students sent out emails to classmates asking for baked cookies, cakes and brownies and then hand delivered them to the volunteer food station on Monday, March 5, 2012.

On the first day back to school on Monday, March 5th, Ms. Shelley organized a team of students that traveled to Peachtree and helped clean up and repair greenhouses destroyed in the storm.

In the aftermath of the devastating tornado, Cherokee County has seen the community pull together to clean up, repair and rebuild all that was damaged.  It is wonderful to see this same giving spirit exhibited in our students at The Learning Center!

Color & Healthy Food Project

The Cherokee County Arts Council was on campus today to present their Color and Healthy Food Project to the fourth grade class.

The project teaches color theory and healthy eating habits in a 45 minute presentation.  The presentation builds on students’ previous knowledge of color and in a very fun and interactive way explains color theory, introduces vocabulary and relates this to real-life experiences, and goes on to talk about color-rich foods and the science behind antioxidants.


As a class, students made a color wheel with fresh and frozen fruits.

The class worked together to build a color wheel made with fresh and frozen cut fruits and then was invited to eat the color wheel.  Yum!

Digging into the edible color wheel!!



Murphy Tree Lighting Ceremony

TLC! is honored to be part of the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on the square in downtown Murphy.  This year was no exception!  Students in K-4 chorus as well as the drama elective students performed at the ceremony.

Members of TLC Fusion perform as well!


TLC students love that their singing is what greets Santa upon his arrival!

September Stroll Pottery Event at TLC

September Stroll Founder and grandfather of TLC student, Mike Lalone, presenting Assistant Director Karen Brinke with $400.

In conjunction with the Heritage Walk in Murphy over Labor Day weekend, TLC was pleased to host the first annual September Stroll.  This pottery invitational was organized by Roy Bamfield and Mike Lalone.  Portions of the proceeds from this art pottery event were presented both to The Learning Center! Charter School and The Sharing Center.

Mike Lalone and TLC student presenting $400 to The Sharing Center.

TLC! is pleased to sponsor and promote the arts and appreciates this generous monetary donation.


Fourth Grade Learns “All About Trees”

Recently, fourth grade students experienced outdoor classes as part of the Georgia Mountain Research Education Center’s program called “All About Trees.”

While on the Georgia campus, these students learned about Appalachian native tree identification, tree competition, Indian trail trees, tree parts, uses of the forests, forest ecology, saving the Chestnut trees, and habitats and limiting factors. 

Fourth grade teacher, Ms. Ashley said:

They loved it! It was set up in stations – they loved the habitat competition station where they got to run around and compete for food (index cards), the tree identification station, and learning about Indian trail trees.  They also learned about the American chestnut tree and the different products we use that come from trees.

The stations were just long enough and very engaging – super nice volunteers as well!


What a great, hands-on opportunity to learn more about the trees and ecology of our region!

River Walk Beautification Project

Students from The Learning Center got down and dirty on April 27th in an effort to beautify our community. Students worked with staff and volunteers from Hanging Dog Nursery to plant native shrubs and perennials along the newest portion of the River Walk. Staff from the nursery taught the students about the importance of native plants and how these plantings would not only make the new bridge area more attractive, they would stop erosion and provide habitat for wildlife. Twenty-two students worked for about an hour to place over two dozen plants.