Cherokee Studies


While students in grades sixth, seventh and eighth traveled to Nashville for their end of the school year class trip, students remaining at TLC spent the time learning about the heritage and culture of the Cherokee Indians. Students studied beadwork, pottery, and the Cherokee language. They also spent the week building a replica of a Cherokee Village. On Friday, the lower grades came to visit the village while students in 6th -8th grade lead the presentation and taught the younger students about what they had been learning throughout the week.

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From April 26-May 1, 2014, students from sixth, seventh and eighth grades along with teachers and parents traveled to New York City by way of Washington D.C.   Students took a night time walking tour of some of the most famous monuments in D.C., visited Ellis Island, the Statute of Liberty, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Empire State Building, the 9/11 Memorial, Times Square, The American Natural History Museum, the Museum of the Moving Image, saw the Broadway musical Pippen, and Grand Central Station.

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The Learning Center! Student Travelers “Venture Out”

photo copy 2The Learning Center! Charter School middle school students experienced adventures in travel when they embarked on their year-end class trip on April 21st. The group of 6th -8th grade students, parents and teachers enjoyed a 5-day journey to the Outer Banks in coastal North Carolina. The trip was organized by staff working with local tour company, Keener-Price Tours, owned by Debra England. The company has helped the school plan these trips for the past six years, complete with tour bus, accommodations and guides.

The class trip is part of the school’s VENTURE OUT cross-curricular travel-study program that weaves literature, science and history with travel and real life experiences. The VENTURE OUT program promotes trips to places and people of interest across the Mountain Region of North Carolina. The annual Upper Grades Class Trip branches out to include travel destinations such as New York City, North Carolina, Charleston SC, Savannah, and New Orleans and Atlanta.

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Some highlights of the 2013 trip included New Bern, NC, Fort Macon, an “Inner Sea Expedition” via Carolina Ocean Studies, ferry rides to Cedar and Okracoke Islands, the Wright Brothers’ Memorial, a beach cookout and a stop at the Natural History Museum in Raleigh, NC.


As our students were exploring the Barrier Island,” recalled school director, Mary Jo Dyre, “I will never forget the excitement as one of our students shouted out, ‘There are the horses!’  In the group of horses was the newest colt born to the island.

 Students worked to raise money for the trip throughout the year by selling tickets to a spaghetti dinner, selling flower bulbs, raffle tickets and food at events. Visit our blog: or FaceBook: TLCGrowZonePage. Email us at

6th-8th Graders Visit Outer Banks of North Carolina


From April 21 – April 25, 2013, 6th – 8th grade students at TLC took a class trip to the Outer Banks.  Destinations included New Bern, NC, Fort Macon, an “Inner Sea Expedition” via Carolina Ocean Studies, ferry rides to Cedar and Okracoke Islands, Wright Brothers’ Memorial, a beach cookout and a stop at the Natural History Museum in Raleigh, NC.

Rich lessons and lots of fun!

Uppergrade Class Trip to New Orleans Recap

In Birmingham at the Civil Rights Museum


Carriage ride in the French Quarter, New Orleans, LA


Walking ghost tour of the French Quarter at dusk


Destrehan Plantation


World War II Museum


Cemetery tour


Swamp tour by boat


Acadia Villiage in New Iberia, LA


Rice mill tour


French Quarter by night


New Orleans by day





Sleeping With the Sharks

In Cherokee, NC

Near the end of each school year, fourth and fifth graders at TLC! take a trip together.  This year the trip was to the aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN and this is what fourth grader teacher Ms. Ashley had to say about the trip:

We went to the Oconaluftee Indian Village in Cherokee first and learned all about Cherokee village life.  They had craft and tool demonstrations and reenacted traditional Cherokee ways of life.  It was very cool – we even got to go inside the council house!  We then headed to Gatlinburg where we shopped downtown for a few hours.  We had a wonderful dinner at Bennett’s Pit BBQ.  We finally checked into the aquarium.  The kids played a jeopardy game to test their knowledge about marine life.  We got to watch a dive show, where a guy dove with tons of stingrays and sharks.  After that the diver let us go to the top of the tank and pet the stingrays!  There were several different kinds and they were hypnotizing to watch!  The kids did “fish printing’ with paint on t-shirts and pillowcases, followed by a scavenger hunt around the aquarium.  Finally, we got to sleep in the shark tunnel underneath all the beautiful fish and sharks.  The next morning we got an up close and personal look at a “spa fish” that actually eats dead skin off humans! We got to stick our hand in and let the fish clean us! What a strange but cool sensation!  It was a great trip!



Behind the scenes at the aquarium in Gatlinburg