As one of the founding objectives of the Daughters of the American Revolution, education has always been at the core of the many initiatives of the 123-year old women’s service organization.
One of the most visible aspects of DAR’s educational efforts is the long history of supporting schools.
The theme of the DAR School Committee was “Be wise, focus on the future with education,” symbolized by the wise owl.
DAR leadership recently set out on a week-long multi-city bus tour of DAR supported schools and met face-to-face with many of the students touched by the Friends of DAR Schools Fund.
The bus tour departed from Washington, D.C., on Oct. 5 and returned Oct. 13. Stops along the tour included Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Ky., Kate Duncan Smith DAR School in Grant, Ala., Berry College in Mount Berry, Ga., Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee, S.C., and Crossnore School in Crossnore, N.C. While each of the DAR supported schools have a different focus and method for educating their students, all of the schools are given financial assistance through DAR member contributions, such as scholarships, volunteer hours and material donations. More than $1 million is given annually by DAR to support these schools for underprivileged boys and girls.
Locally, Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter DAR School Chairman Janet Pickerd of Newport reported supporting the schools this year by sending over 600 Campbell’s Soup lables to the Kate Duncan Smith School. New York has a resident cottage for girls at the Tamassee DAR School and the chapter sent birthday cards and monitary gifts to each girl there and “3 Wise Owls” pins were purchased by several members. Another member of the chapter, Past Regent Barbara Yates of New York Mills, donated 579 new books to a school for underprivileged children nearby to promote literacy.
Local schools may participate in recognizing outstanding graduating high school seniors with DAR Good Citizen Awards. Col. Marinus Willett-Mohawk Valley Chapter DAR Good Citizens Chairman Carolyn Beran of Ilion will present certificates at the chapter’s final meeting of the year at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 at The Knight Spot in Frankfort. All members, prospective members and other guests are welcome to attend and meet this year’s recipiants. For more information, contact Susan Jones Graff, regent, at firstname.lastname@example.org.