Above: Chapter members organized a carnival party for the children at Tamassee DAR School.
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These schools receive financial assistance by DAR members, including scholarships, material donations, and genuine personal interest.
The Fielding Lewis Chapter NSDAR members are proactive in supporting education, through DAR schools, scholarships, good citizens awards, Constitution Week, essay contests & Indian youth programs. We are enthusiastic about supporting NSDAR Schools, students, and scholarship programs to help further educational advancement.
DAR has been helping children, in remote mountain areas, receive an education since 1903. NSDAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region, the Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Alabama, and the Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina. In addition to supporting the Kate Duncan Smith School and Tamassee School, DAR members also provide for Berry College, Crossnore School, Hillside School and Hindman Settlement School.
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the Tamassee DAR School.
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Berry College was founded in 1902. Located in Georgia it was set up to provide high school education to rural youth. It became the first approved DAR school in 1904. It was developed into a college in 1926. Today, it is one of the outstanding comprehensive colleges in the south, with fully accredited art, science, and professional programs as well as specialized graduate programs in education and business administration.
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Hindman Settlement School
Hindman Settlement School was founded in 1902. Located in Kentucky it was organized to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of the mountains. Its major educational emphasis today is its work with students with dyslexic characteristics. This is the only program of its type within 200 miles. It also offers an Adult Basic Education/GED Program.
Hillside School, Inc., was founded in 1901 as a rural home for orphaned boys or otherwise without a home or family. Located in Massachusetts, it now provides a structural and supportive environment for students with learning problems. Its program stresses reading, writing, math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, and industrial arts.
Kate Duncan Smith School
Kate Duncan Smith (KDS), founded by the Alabama DAR in 1924 is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,300 students a year. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, horticultural, and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.
Tamassee DAR School was stablished in 1919 by the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution and recognized by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution as a DAR School in 1924, with the objective of providing an opportunity for a formal education to children in the rural Appalachian Mountains.The school was founded by the South Carolina State Society DAR, and accepted as a national project by the NSDAR in 1921. Since that time, thousands of children have received a loving home, an excellent education and the love of a professional caring staff.
The Crossnore School was founded in the early 1900s to give the children from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina a home while attending public schools in Avery County. Today, Crossnore School provides a sanctuary of hope and healing to children from families in crisis through residential group homes, quality education at Williams Academy (on-site charter school), and a variety of therapeutic, recreational, and spiritual programs.
Indian Youth Programs
The DAR, through its American Indians Committee, assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon. The American Indians Committee, established as a sub-committee in 1936 and a national committee in 1941, is authorized to provide financial and educational assistance to Native American youth and to alert the members of the National Society to these needs.
The Daughters of the American Revolution's American Indians Committee assists in the education of Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning for Native Americans.
DAR's support has culminated over the years in many ways, including the renovation of the American Indian Research Library, classrooms, the museum collection, and preservation of conference space.
Scholarships provide much needed financial support to students, often making up the difference that allow students to cover tuition and book costs instead of taking out student loans.
Chemawa Indian School
Chemawa Indian School is one of two Indian schools nationwide supported by the NSDAR. DAR members provide financial assistance, scholarships, and material goods to Chemawa and Chemawa Indian School students.
Chemawa Indian School is a Native American boarding school in Salem, Oregon, United States. Named after the Chemawa band of the Kalapuya people of the Willamette Valley, it opened on February 25, 1880, as an elementary school. Chemawa Indian School is currently over 125 years old and is the oldest, continuously operated boarding school for Native American students in the United States. The campus is located on 86 acres and it is on the U.S. National Historic Register of Historic Places.
Above: Traditional Pow Wow clothing of the Chemawa.
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