Project Creek Bank Summer Style

Project Creek Bank doesn’t stop for summer break . . . because invasive plants never take a break!

TLC! was the fortunate recipient of volunteer service work from two youth groups visiting our area this summer. 


Bible Way Youth Group from Kingsport, TN in the area for a retreat and stopped by TLC! to lend a hand with Project Creek Bank

Bible Way Youth Group from Kingsport, TN spent three hours on July 19, 2011 working at ridding the creek bank of voracious non native plant species.  St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth Group from Winston-Salem followed suit on July 28, 2011. 



St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth Group from Winston-Salem also stopped by in the sweltering heat of late July to help with Project Creek Bank.

 Both groups braved record setting heat to help TLC! in our battle to regain the creek bank and we can’t thank them enough!




Our teachers are just as much learners as our students.

It may be summer break but our teachers haven’t stopped learning.  There have been staff wide training sessions with more already scheduled.  Plus, many teachers will be traveling to conferences around the state for further enrichment and training.  TLC! Director, Mary Jo Dyre, firmly believes that every school should be organized so that the teachers are just as much learners as the students are.

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.

K-4 celebrate Dr. Seuss


Dr. Seuss celebrated a birthday recently and students from kindergarten through fourth grade traveled to Franklin to see a live musical about all things Seuss.


If over eighty TLC! kids traveled to the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts to see this production, that means that at least twenty parents volunteered their time to transport students to and from.  Trips like this would not be possible without our wonderful parent volunteers.  Thank you!