Halloween Maker Events

Monster Maker winners

Being a Maker is what E-STEAM learning at TLC! is all about. We want all of our students to engage in the kind of hands-on learning that inspires natural curiosity and develops the skill to create and innovate. Each year for Halloween, we host Maker events that challenge and inspire the Maker spirit in our classrooms.  This year students could enter the Monster Maker contest, several categories of costume contests and a pumpkin carving contest.

Honorable mention in traditional category

While the challenges were not mandatory, teachers had the opportunity to use them as Project Based Learning opportunities in the classroom. Students could work on these challenges at home, in groups, as individuals, or with their families. We strongly encouraged all students and teachers to participate in these challenges, and be part of creating a handmade, hands-on experience for our Community of Learners!

Pumpkin carving winners

Students stretched their creative skills to the MAX to make monsters out of used materials! Upcycling means taking things we usually send to the landfill and recycling them into wild, creative, and sometimes useful art. Anything you can find and repurpose was allowed in this contest!

winners 1980s category

The pumpkin carving contest was back this year too!

winners group category

The costume contest categories included traditional, Maker Challenge Yearly Theme of the 1980’s,  upcycled costumes, and group themed costumes.

winners teachers winners traditional category Winners upcycled Honorable mention upcycled IMG_6357

Fun was had by all!

We’re Hosting a Contest Over on Facebook to Win an $80 Prize Package!

ARTrageous Contest

We are hosting a CONTEST over on our Facebook page where you have the chance to win the following prize package valued at $80:
1) 2 adult and 2 student tickets to ARTrageous on Nov. 17th at The Learning Center Charter School;
2) $30 gift certificate to ShoeBooties Cafe;
3) A handmade pottery mug from our own, Julie Johnson!

You can only enter on our Facebook page by leaving a comment, tagging at least two friends, “liking” The Learning Center Facebook page and “liking” ShoeBooties Cafe Facebook page!  Easy!

Winner will be selected by random draw but must have completed all the steps to enter. Winner will be notified via Facebook on Wednesday, Nov 16 by noon! Good luck and thanks for entering!!

Year Long Celebration of “Academics and the Arts”

20160526_113442The Learning Center! Charter School’s “Academics & The Arts” – originally a two-day event – has morphed into a year-long celebration of the arts. 20160526_113750The event, now in its eighth year, includes year-round, cross-curriculum activities combining art and academics. 20160526_114028

Students create a wide variety of art, music and creative writing, in addition to using tools for projects and conducting science experiments.20160526_114345Designed to stretch minds, senses and creativity to its limits, the event culminates in an end-of-year awards day for student art and writing. 20160526_114717On May 26th, students were awarded ribbons and also a “basket award” drawing for any student who participated in the annualAcademics & The Arts contest. 20160526_114945Although Learning Center Director, Mary Jo Dyre coordinates both the writing and visual arts contests, she maintains the event could not be the success it has always been without teachers in participating grades (2ndthrough 5th) and the assistance of art teacher Carrie Dyer for Kindergarten though 8th graders. 20160526_115140 20160526_115401 20160526_121630 20160526_123553

TLC! PI’s Fall Mum Sale Results


Thank you to all our students for making the 2015 Mum Sale  our most successful Mum Sale ever! Over 740 mums were sold; almost double what was sold last year.
The winner for most mums sold by a classroom is Ms. Jay’s 3rd grade class.  They will receive a new book and matching DVD for their classroom and a popcorn party to enjoy it.  They sold 155 mums.


Cabbage Growing Contest Sponsored by Bonnie Plants


Last school year’s third graders each planted a cabbage plant to enter into Bonnie Plants Cabbage Contest. Third graders across North Carolina grew cabbages in hopes of growing the largest one and to win the $1,000 scholarship prize. Good luck students!

Want to Win a Pair of $10 Entry Bracelets to Monster Mash?


Monster Mash is October 25th!  Want to win a pair of $10 entry bracelets to the big event?  Visit TLC GROW ZONE on Facebook to enter!

(And if you don’t already “Like” our page, make sure you do so when there! And tell your friends and family to do so too!)

Instead of tickets for MONSTER MASH this year, you have the option of either a $5 entry bracelet (which gets you into the event and allows you to play all the booth games all night!) or a $10 entry bracelet (which gets you into the event, allows you play booth games all night, allows entry into the bounce house, slides and contests all night!) STILL BRING CASH FOR FOOD, INFAMOUS HAUNTED HARRY POTTER MAZE, AND RAFFLE CONTEST!


Peter Jenkins Flyer

Want a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Peter Jenkins Special Speaking Event?

Leave a comment here to THIS post telling why you’d love to hear Peter Jenkins speak to enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets to the March 21, 2013 event.

One comment per person.  Entries open until Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 6:00pm US EST.  Winner will be chosen by random draw and announced on the blog on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 after 6:00pm US EST.

Good luck!

Don’t know how to leave a comment?  Look below this post.  See the phrase that includes the word “comment?”  Click on it with your mouse and you’ll be taken to the comment form where you can leave your comment for your chance to win.