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.



Cherokee County Transit teams up with TLC!

Recently TLC! forged a new community partnership with Cherokee County Transit.

Since our school does not have a busing system, we have to rely on parent volunteers to drive students on trips and special events.  However, sometimes it isn’t possible to find enough drivers necessary.


Bingo!  Cherokee County Transit to the rescue!

TLC! and Henn Theater partner to suppport the arts

A handshake and a smile was all that was needed to complete a partnership between TLC! and the Henn Theater.
With cutbacks in arts programs across the country, the need is especially great in this community. The Learning Center! Charter school is filling that gap with local community and business support.
“Our parnership with The Henn Theater enables our students to experience drama electives in a stage environment.” Said school director Mary Jo Dyre.
The school, in turn, actively supports the theater by providing volunteers and publicity for events which will range from guest speakers for school fund raisers to chorus programs, fusion ensemble performances, strings elective performances and drama. The school plans to utilize the theater’s back-stage area for set design and for actors to wait in the wings during a performance.
“We are providing our strong force of parent and community volunteers who are eager to promote the arts within our school and our community,” added Dyre.