Did you know that TLC specifically sourced whole grain grits to serve at breakfast? House-Autry Stone Ground Grits are made the old fashioned way using granite stones. They grind the whole kernel of corn to retain the natural oils and produce a more flavorful product. TLC Nutrition Director, Susan Blomeley, likes these grits because, “These stone ground grits retain their natural germ and bran, which means they not only taste better, but also retain the antioxidants, B vitamins, and fiber usually lost in the refinement process.”
As an added bonus, House-Autry is a North Carolina based company!
Sow True Seed, located in Asheville, North Carolina, is a company founded to encompass more than the idea of selling seeds. They embrace the corporate philosophy of honoring people, planet, as well as profit. While profit is necessary to sustain the company and help them meet their goals, equally important to them is supporting the people who make up their tiny company while serving their customers by providing open-pollinated seeds of varieties that enrich the biodiversity of available food and pollinator plants. Sow True Seed also is sure to act as responsible corporate citizens in working to maintain the health of the community and planet.
The Learning Center! Charter School extends a special thank you to Sow True Seed for sharing your open pollinated, heirloom and organic seeds with us. Our greenhouse and gardens will be full as a result.
Preschool students have been exploring the great outdoors by playing in the garden at TLC! Students went to explore the feel of garden dirt and see what kind of plants grow in cool weather in the garden. Students became acquainted with kale and collard greens, and learned that vegetables get their vitamins from the soil. They also learned that eating fruits and vegetables give us those same vitamins that help us grow big and strong.
Local masseuse and yoga teacher, Renee Lamance didn’t hesitate to give back to her community when she heard about an unusual request. Lamance, who owns Soul Therapy Massage & Bodywork in Murphy, donated a worm bin to The Learning Center! Charter School when she heard from teacher Emily Willey about an intriguing study unit she was proposing for her 2nd grade students.
“We are beginning an interdisciplinary unit on worms,” said Willey. “The worm unit ties in reading, writing, language arts, math, agriculture, and environmental studies that will weave in and out of the curriculum over the next couple of months.” Willey’s students will be experimenting with vermiculture – the cultivation of earthworms and their by-products for composting.
The addition of the new worm bin, donated by Lamance, will enable students to house the worms for study, conduct experiments, and make observations to learn the importance of worms to soil. Students will also learn how to meet the needs of worms in our environment. For example, worms need moist soil away from light to thrive. The new worm bin will be housed in the classroom so students can observe how they eat and burrow. The carefully monitored environment will provide the right conditions for worms to thrive.
This unit will tie into the school’s Earth Day lessons on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Said Willey, “The worm bin not only provides an excellent habitat for redworms, but they eat our food scraps, thus providing us with nutrient rich castings for our school garden.”
The school thanks Renee Lamance for her donation and support of education in our community.
Third grade teacher, Ms. Jay, shows the gourds and carrots that third graders harvested from their garden plot in early October. Why do TLC students spend time in the garden? Because gardening engages students by providing a living environment to observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn. Gardens are living laboratories where our students learn everything from team work to food production and lessons can be taught across the curriculum. Gardening encourages students to become active participants in the learning process.