Celebrating a Good School Year.

May. 13, 2022

It’s hard to believe that the 2021-22 school year is beginning to wind down.  What fun it has been to have the community children from Tamassee-Salem and Walhalla Elementary and Walhalla Middle Schools with us for the Afterschool program.   Thank you to the parents and caregivers who entrusted their students to us during the past school year.

From the time the students reached campus immediately following their school day to the time their parents arrived to pick them up, the sounds of their presence filled the air.  Every afternoon, the students would make their first stop in the banquet hall and eagerly chat with Ms. Sandy and Ms. Naomi about their school day while enjoying an afternoon snack.  On the playground, Mr. Tyler took joy in sharing his passion with those interested in learning the proper technique to throw and catch a flying disk.  The latest adventure for the young girls found Mrs. Soni and the young girls using their imaginations to create a magical fairy tree, complete with mystical decorations and pixies.  As always, Mr. Carter monitored the activities on the swings, slides and ever-popular basketball court.

Once the excess energy fizzled out, the students hiked to the Education Building, where they focused on completing their homework, finishing their reading assignments, and working on projects.   Our patient and understanding tutors were magnificent at helping the students surpass the struggles they were facing in academics. Oftentimes, they shared additional conversations on unrelated topics and built positive relationships that will be remembered by both for a long time to come.

The Tamassee Navigators is a component of our Afterschool program which was created to help our students understand, develop, and practice good citizenship skills.   Throughout the school year, the children focused on core values such as service to others, finding their inner courage, acting with integrity and discovering their passions.  Throughout the year, our navigators earned points which equated to pins, badges and recognition while building their self-confidence and a better understanding of who they are and how to make positive impacts in their community.

This Monday will be our Awards Day ceremony, when we recognize each student for their academic, social, and citizenship achievements over the past school year.  Certificates and awards will be distributed, and the 10 students who have accumulated the most Navigator points will be announced.  These 10 students will be treated to a day at Dollywood for their citizenship achievements.  A very special thank you goes to the Cliffs Residential Outreach (CRO), for its contribution, which makes this trip possible for the community students we serve.

Tamassee’s Summer Camp program begins on June 13 and continues until August 5th.   Camp is open to children in kindergarten through rising 8th graders, and daily themes include sports, STEM, drama, art, and cooking.   For more information, please visit our website at www.tdarschool.org/about-us/summer -camp.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2021-2022 Afterschool program.  Wishing you a safe and happy summer.