Lucas Luther, from the local Tennessee Valley Authority, www.tva.gov, is seen presenting a check to The Learning Center! Charter School Director Mary Jo Dyre for support of the school’s environmental project that focuses on the waters and surrounding land of Conaheeta Creek, a tributary to the Valley River here in Murphy, North Carolina. The money will be used for tools and equipment related to this environmental clean-up effort.
The Learning Center! Charter School first began their efforts to revitalize this tributary that runs into the nearby Valley River and Hiwassee River in 2009. With the help of Callie Moore and Tony Ward, Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, the charter school provided staff and students training in identification of invasive plants, methods of removal of invasive plants, as well as identifying native plants that are in danger of being overtaken by the invasive growth.
The Learning Center! Charter School has historically taken environmental responsibility seriously. Students are taught through a variety of approaches the importance of caring for the environment and how to take active steps toward that maintenance effort. TVA’s donation will put tools in the hands of the many students, staff and volunteers that are committed to the restoration of Conaheeta Creek and surrounding land.
You can learn more about the school’s green programs and philosophy by visiting www.naturallygrownkids.org.