Adapting to the World of Virtuality

May. 15, 2020

Historically, the month of May at Tamassee DAR School is filled with a flurry of planning and preparation activities associated with our Awards Day celebration followed closely by the Tamassee Student Association Homecoming. Due to the impacts of the coronavirus and our efforts to comply with the social distancing guidelines these two events will be held this year, but with major changes.

Our annual Awards Day program, which typically brought guests from all our great country, will appear quite subdued when compared to the past as the only participants will be the students who remain in our care and the dedicated staff who serve them. This year the event will be held in the quaintness of the chapel rather than the roomy, open-aired auditorium. As in the past, certificates, trophies, medals and monetary awards will be distributed to the students based on criteria specified by each individual sponsor. College scholarships will be presented to the young adults in our LifeBridge program so that they can continue to pursue career dreams in their chosen fields by attaining the appropriate degrees or certificates. Our many volunteers who give tirelessly each year will be recognized and we will be thankful for each and every one. Staff members who have been pursuing college degrees while working full time will be recognized and celebrated for their achievements. For the first time ever, the Tamassee Navigator Citizenship Cup trophy will be awarded to the group of students who have diligently displayed good citizenship qualities, and one boy and one girl will be recognized with Citizen of the Year honors. There will be joy on the faces of the students as their names are called for academic accomplishments they have made over the past year – from highest averages in particular subjects to All Year A/B Honor Roll. Some of these children will be academic award winners for the first time ever and will walk away encouraged and motivated because they have come to realize firsthand, that through hard work their efforts paid off. As the students transition away from Tamassee DAR School we are encouraged that the study habits they developed during their time here, combined with the self-confidence they have developed will help them achieve success as they continue on.

Immediately following the Awards event please visit www.tdarschool.org for photos and updates.

On Saturday, May 23 for the first time ever Tamassee Student Association Homecoming will be held as a virtual event. Don’t let that scare you! If you have internet access via a computer or smartphone you can join us from the comfort of your own location. Details are being completed now so watch our Tamassee DAR School website at www.tdarschool.org , or the Tamassee DAR School Facebook page for more information. Our goal is to make it simple to connect and a load of fun. We hope that all Tamassee former staff and students of all ages will take the computer plunge and connect with us! See you in the virtual world!!!!