While the school was founded with the intent of building awareness in the children of their place in the world community, in its third year of operation, TLC’s community service program added a new dimension. Over a two-year period, TLC received three grants from the NC Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and the NC Humanities Council to support a service-learning program. This program actually integrates community service into the curriculum, so that the children are meeting the learning goals of their curriculum while performing service. This award-winning service-learning program matches school and community need with age-appropriate projects. Past and current projects include reading partners at the Lakeview Senior Center, adopting a section of the Swannanoa River through River Link, Animal Haven, an organic school garden with produce going to Manna Food Bank and The Welcome Table, and the creation of a natural science and cultural heritage museum at our local 4-H camp. Our children have an opportunity to give back to their community, and gain an understanding and appreciation (at an early age) for helping others.