Copper Basin Learning Center celebrates 10th year
Article Author: by Angie Cook
Having a Learning Center has assisted the school with a number of educational benefits that ordinarily would not exist in small rural schools.
The Copper Basin Learning Center is celebrating its 10th year of operation and is now open for the 2013-2014 school year at Copper Basin High School. The new days of operation are Mondays through Wednesdays from 8:00am-3:00pm. Visitors may come by appointment. An open house for the community of our new classroom space will be offered at a later date.
As Coordinator of the Learning Center, I, Angie Cook, and Assistant Coordinator, Jennifer Danner, serve part time to bring a variety of programs to education in the Copper Basin. As Teaching Artists, we bring Arts Across the Curriculum into the in-school learning experience. This involves collaborations with teachers to create lessons with creative thinking and problem solving to bridge information to active participation through the arts. Focus areas are: Technology; Environmental studies, the Arts, and Cultural Heritage, thus making the acronym: T.E.A.C.H. The cultural heritage aspect brings in community members to share with the students our rich cultural traditions like Appalachian music, quilting; crafts, story telling, etc. The Learning Center functions though a non-profit organization, the Copper Basin Rural Community Association, and a T.E.A.C.H. Team- Board of Directors serve to oversee operations. In addition, we also help manage the before/after school programs such as fine art, crafts, photography and more. This is sponsored by the LEAPs program which is funded by state grants.
The Learning Center is also responsible Spring Art Exhibits and for sponsoring special events like Basin’s Got Talent, which is scheduled for November 10, 2013. The Learning Center has provided many outreach efforts within the community through student involvement in making Christmas cards for the Ducktown Life Care Center residents; and painting murals in Ducktown.
Funding for the Learning Center has mainly been made possible through the corporate partnership with Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. (a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum.) This has provided the general operations budget and part time coordinator salary. Funding also involves collaborative efforts and grant seeking, and has aligned programs with ETC, Tennessee Arts Commission, and others.
Having a Learning Center has assisted the school with a number of educational benefits that ordinarily would not exist in small rural schools. For example, the technological contributions have helped to outfit the Copper Basin Television studio and graphic calculators for a math class. A special hands-on science curriculum was provided to elementary and middle school science departments; the band was provided with $30,000 for instruments and a trailer to transport them to games, concerts, and competitions; mobile learning stations (kept in the media center for “check-out”) include carts with flat screen TVs, and laptops have provided every teacher opportunities to teach with Visual Learning applications. A school garden has been installed, outfitted with seating and study areas and students have taken educational field trips.
In summary, the Learning Center serves the schools and community of the Copper Basin region. Please help us continue these efforts by becoming a volunteer, donor, and supporter. Contact Angie Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-496-3291 ext 1016 for information of how you can help.
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