From the very beginning, Tamassee DAR School has been blessed by the love and support of members and business owners in the local communities. The original 110 acres of land was donated by three families in Tamassee and others raised $1,418 to build the first school building, plus they donated labor and materials. On February 24th, the Day School held classes for the first time. Day students were those children living in the area who could get to classes and then return home at the end of the school day. Today, we continue to be blessed by community members who understand the importance of the programs and services being provided by Tamassee. It is with their continued support that we can embrace our next 100 years.
Our season of Thanksgiving included acceptance of the Dabo Swinney All In Foundation Grant. This gift will provide scholarship funding to families in our community whose children are developing a love of lifelong learning at a very young age through our Tamassee Pennsylvania Children’s Center program.
The campus Banquet Hall was the setting for the family Thanksgiving meal which is hosted for children in our care along with their guardians, family members, loved ones, and Tamassee staff. It is a time of reflection on the blessing of the mutual love we all share for the children.
The Salem Iris Garden Club has graciously used their design talents, skills and resources to sponsor the Tamassee DAR School Christmas tree which is on display at the Duke World of Energy Festival of Trees. Don’t miss this beautiful display of festive trees and while you’re there, cast your vote for your favorite tree!
For over 20 years, the Walhalla Lions Club visits campus during the Christmas season and enjoys dinner and conversation with the students. After supper, the members distribute containers filled with fruit and nuts to each child.
Students from Clemson University will visit campus to deliver Christmas wishes for each child, and spend time in the cottages. This is a great day filled with joy and laughter as both groups of students learn more about each other. There is usually some singing, dancing, and cookie making followed by lunch together. Our older boys will challenge the Clemson students to a basketball game, but more importantly friendships will be formed with the hope of continued volunteer or mentor relationships throughout the upcoming year.
Our Foster Care program which serves those who have been called to provide support to children in need is holding four introductory sessions in the next few weeks at local libraries. We are excitedly looking to partner with community members to ensure successful outcomes for the children and the foster families.
Tamassee DAR School continues to be blessed by the churches in the area who open their doors and hearts to our children. The businesses and donors who make wishes come true in each of our cottages on Christmas morning, and the individuals who recognize the need for Tamassee and provide their encouragement. It truly does take a community to raise a child.