Chapter Activities and Projects

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Activities

Summer social gathering with members and significant others.

   

 

Projects

Serrano Chapter sponsors an American History essay contest in grades five through eight. Winners are given monetary awards, medals, and/or certificates. In their honor, the chapter gives a tea to which the winners and their parents are invited. A Christopher Columbus essay contest is sponsored in high schools and the winner is given a monetary award and is honored at the Awards Tea. We support all of the projects of the National Society including support of DAR schools, veterans' projects, USO, and American Indians, as well as local projects.  Serrano Chapter supports the scholarships offered by the National Society, and honors an outstanding ROTC student from each local high school which has an ROTC program.

 

Schools 

Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region—Kate Duncan Smith School in Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School in South Carolina. KDS, founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924, is a day school, kindergarten through sixth grade serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1000 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, horticulture, and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.

 

 
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School

 

Tamassee founded by South Carolina DAR in 1919, gives deserving boys and girls a home, a school, and a chance in life. A faith in God and the principles of citizenship and patriotism remain the foundation of the school. Grades kindergarten through fifth are on campus. The children are housed in small units with house parents. Studies are at Tamassee – Salem High school for grades 6-12. There are approximately 45 boarding school students and 450 day students. A pre-school for children fills a community need. Both KDS and Tamassee are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

DAR contributes clothing, gifts, and scholarships to four other schools, Hillside in Massachusetts, Hindman Settlement School in Kentucky, Berry College in Georgia, and Crossnore School, Inc., in North Carolina. Yearly, over a million dollars are sent to the schools through the Treasurer General, NSDAR.

Through the DAR Scholarship Committee, scholarships are given in history, government, economics, nursing, and occupational therapy. The DAR also gives $8000 in American History Scholarships, $2000 a year for four years.