Murphy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Last Friday evening The Learning Center Chorus and Fusion Ensemble participated in the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Murphy.

Our students love being part of this yearly event.  They especially love being the ones that usher in Santa Claus with the song “Santa is the Man.”

I think our teachers love it too!

Junior Beta Club Participates in Local Service Project

The mission of the National Junior Beta Club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students.  Recently, The Learning Center! Junior Beta Club members participated in two local service projects – Holy Smoke and Crop Walk.

Holy Smoke is an area event aimed at raising money to help fund the building of homes for people who need them.  Crop Hunger Walk is a community-wide event organized by local congregations to raise funds to end hunger at home and around the world.

TLC! Junior Beta Club members participate in these events each year.  Not only does doing so teach these students about important social issues, but it also shows how one person can make a difference in a positive way.

Way to go Junior Beta Club!

1st day

Students arriving early.  Parents in tow.   Bags of supplies.  Smiling teachers.  Nervous kindergartners.  Traffic directors.  Breakfast eaters.  Board members.  Volunteers.  Running down boardwalks.  Being reminded to walk.  “How was your summer’s.”  Welcoming back.  Where do I go?  Who will I know?  Hey!  I know you! Lunch time at last.  Where is my backpack?  Now where do I go?  Parent meeting.  Made a new friend.  Cars here for pickup.  Final bell rings.

Here goes 2010-2011.

Poetry & Essay Contest winners hosted by The Learning Center

Middle School Poetry & Essay Contest winners

The Learning Center! Charter School hosted The Cherokee County Middle School Poetry and Essay Contest Winner Recognition Ceremony on June 4th. This was the school’s second year for hosting this county-wide contest sponsored by Paul Donovan and The Cherokee Scout in conjunction with the North Carolina Writers’ Network WEST. Glenda Beall, a representative from the organization also attended. The ceremony fell at the end of a 2 day celebration of arts and academics at the school.

The guest speaker at the event, which took place in the The Learning Center’s dining commons, was former student, Harrison Keely, who is now a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He was also a reporter with Sentinel Newspapers, right here in Cherokee County. He was introduced by former teacher Gail Arnold who talked about what he was like as a child who overcame a disability. His passion for writing drew him to the field of journalism. His work has been published in The Washington Times, Business Week online, United Press International and McClatchy-Tribune news services in addition to appearing on PBS.

Students were awarded trophies and each was asked to either read or talk about their work to the audience. The evening was organized by parent and art teacher, Dana Bolyard. “We were able to make it a special evening for the winners through The Jackie Ward Foundation for the Academics and the Arts.” Said Bolyard. “We’d like to thank community members who contributed to our foundation. It went a long way to make it possible to reward these kids for their writing efforts.”  Bolyard also coordinated many of the events during the 2 days of “Arts & Academics” which included visiting artists in the visual, written and musical arts.

Winners are pictured above.