Copper Basin Schools>Learning Center



To weave our past with the present for the future,
as we unite school and community to increase knowledge,
contribute to a healthy environment,
and help students obtain a greater sense of place.


Place-based education rooted in cultural heritage;

fueled by volunteerism directed toward service-based projects;

educational emphasis on student empowerment & community sustainability through:

  • Technology
  • Environment
  • Arts
  • Culture &
  • Heritage

thus the acronym T.E.A.C.H. Project;

independently supported through grassroots efforts to build solid partnerships with like-minded individuals...
within the community, through foundations, institutions, and corporations.


Based at Copper Basin High School, the Learning Center is “open” Monday-Thursday 8:00 AM-3:00 PM


Angie Cook at ; 423-496-3291 ext 1016; or text/call cell: 706-633-0371


Coordinated by Angie Cook, also Artist-in-Residence for the Arts-Across-the-Curriculum program


Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum is the Partner-in-Education for the Copper Basin Learning Center. This commitment includes an annual general operating budget, part-time coordinator salary, educational programs (like the annual Earth Day Environmental Awareness event), and other educational opportunities for students such as paid internships and training, teacher training, and community events.

Other Learning Center Supporters:
Ellijay Telephone Company (ETC-TV) with grants, publishing CBTV News, and paid Internships
Appalachian Community Bank with donations of funds
Copper Basin Credit Union with donations
Tennessee Arts Commission with grants
The Dunn Foundation with grants
United Methodist Men of Copperhill with donations
Red Hills Ladies Club with donations of the Historical Red Hills’ Club Scrapbooks and funds for the Memorial Garden project
Heritage Propane with donations


Sister School Initiative which included a student trip to Taft, California
T.E.A.C.H. Club Project Works
Student-led Tech Team Mini-Camps
Tech Team Training in Lexington, KY (led by Information Technology (IT) experts from Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. & Occidental Petroleum)
Heritage Homecoming Event
Welcome to Copper Basin DVD
Cultural Arts "Copper Road" Performance for the New School Open House Event
Dulcimer Making Workshops for school/community
Community Music & Storytelling Evenings
Assemblies & guest speakers for elementary/high schools
Re-mastered and digitized the slideshow presentation for the Ducktown Basin Museum
Teacher in-services (Arts & Technology)
Artist Residencies
Earth Day Celebration (year-long project with multi-media performance & DVD production)
Internships for three high school graduates (through Occidental Petroleum, through the Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc. Partnership)
Earth Day Event field trip (organized by Glenn Springs Holdings, Inc.)
Mentor Program
Student volunteers for fund raising activities for the Ducktown Basin Museum
Developed an elementary Visual Environment curriculum
Attended Dunn Foundation National Visual Environment conference in Rhode Island
Presented at Kentucky Art Council Arts Education events
Support Drama Club productions
Obtain grants for band instruments and trailer, stage, and equipment for multi-media programs

Obtain the Red Hills Heritage Scrapbooks and funds for Memorial Garden Project
Obtain KitBooks for the elementary and middle science classes
Provide arts instruction visits in K-12 classrooms (via artist visits and residencies)
CBTV airs on ETC-TV, and in-house at school each morning, and on
ETC-TV partnerships to provide viewing for CBTV and provide three paid internships
Manage the LEAPs program and the nine clubs involved


Expand educational opportunities in school & in the community.
Evolve from Learning Center clubs to an academy-type model.
Strengthen and expand sister school learning collaborations.
Build a solid support base & generate sustainability.
Create programs that embody unique, creative, learning potential.
Build a Copper Basin Arts Center to provide:

    • classrooms for the arts for Basin students,
    • a venue for the arts for both school and community, and
    • build a sustainable economy for the region based on cultural tourism through the arts.


    Donations can be made to our parent 501(C)(3) organization:
    Copper Basin Rural Community Association
    PO Box 850
    Copperhill, TN 37317


    If you have questions, please contact Angie Cook at:
    Work phone- 423-496-3291 ext 1016
    Cell (text or call)- 706-633-0371


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