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