As the clock continues to tick toward the completion of the 2020-2021 school year, on Monday, May 24th Tamassee DAR School hosted its annual awards day program. As in past years, staff members were recognized for their achievements, college scholarships were awarded to young adults who are continuing their pursuit of higher educational degrees, donors were recognized for their love and support, the efforts of dedicated volunteers were appreciated, and we celebrated the many successes of the students served in our educational programs.
As we looked back over the past year, it was quite daunting to realize how far we had come since the decision to open an Afterschool Program for the community was announced in early 2020. At the time, the pandemic was raging havoc on school systems, reliable internet access was in demand in areas where technological resources were limited. Parents who were required to continue reporting to their workplace scrambled to find childcare for students who were now at home during work hours. Alternatively, many parents who were working from home struggled with juggling their jobs, while assisting their children with school lessons for the day.
Meanwhile back at Tamassee DAR School, facilities had to be transformed to accommodate classroom environments, resources need to be ordered, school day schedules were being developed, and teaching staff was being hired and learning to mesh as one team. Communication efforts were launched to let community families know educational relief was on the way in time for the beginning of the new school year that fall. Consequently, enrollments begin arriving and with the first day of the 2020 school year, the Tamassee Afterschool Program was launched.
Last Monday, we celebrated the academic and social successes that our Afterschool students achieved as part of that inaugural program year. As awards were announced and students scurried to the stage wearing huge smiles on their faces, the Tamassee staff was reminded of how their hard work and dedication to community families over the past year had indeed paid off.
Unique to the traditional event, this year our Early Childhood Learning Center 4K First Steps graduation ceremony was incorporated into the Awards Day event. Donned in red caps and gowns, the little ones processed to the stage where they were presented diplomas and pronounced ready to advance to kindergarten in the fall of the year.
As the first year of Tamassee Afterschool Program closes, we begin the transition to our Summer Day Camp Program. Each week from June 14 – August 13, campers will spend the weekdays on our campus learning, growing, and making lifelong summer memories that are a part of the childhood experience. The weekly fee is $100/camper with discounts for multi-children. Scholarship assistance is also available for qualifying families and plans for centralized pickup/drop off locations in Seneca and Walhalla are being developed. Our enrollment is filling up so, call Mr. Tyler at 864.944.3022 ext. 114 for additional information or to secure your child’s place today!