The 2016 Tamassee Student Association Homecoming celebration was held Saturday, May 28th on the campus of Tamassee DAR School. It is such a special time when students spanning the last 97 years arrive on campus to visit places where they lived, worked, played, established family values and received an education that would follow them throughout their lives.
Watching their eyes and listening to their voices as they recall growing up on campus or attending as a day student carries you back to the time when they were children. Their memories are so real that you almost feel as if you were making biscuits in the dining hall, milking cows, feeding the chickens or working in the laundry right along with them. Stories of pranks they played on each other and memories of staff members are shared with a smile and a chuckle. Recollections of childhood mischievous deeds are revealed and quickly followed by a flushed face as they realize they have just revealed guarded secrets that they pinky promised to keep safe long ago.
It is amazing to see the new generation of students interact with those who attended or lived here in previous decades. Although, their specific stories are different, their commonality is that all of their paths led them to the Place of the Sunlight of God. Upon arriving at Tamassee as children, the feeling of security comforts them and the understanding that education is a way to a better future begins to grow. They are provided with opportunities to develop social skills through cultural events that are held, they discover talents and passions they were unaware they had. They grow in knowledge of our country’s history and often find that a deeper love called, patriotism develops. The children grow in their spiritual development and having a personal relationship with a forgiving God. They build friendships with many people filled with good intentions wishing only to provide positive influences in their lives. Regardless of whether they attended in the 1900’s or currently call Tamassee their “home”, the rich traditions, the mission and values of serving children in need continues today.
On Saturday, June 11th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. the community is invited to the Tamassee DAR School Thrift Store for the dedication of the Born Learning Trail. The trail was sponsored by Heath’s Haven – Equipping Our Community for Healthy Relationships and includes exercise stations and an old fashioned hop-scotch layout for family fun. The celebration will include a bouncy house, face painting, balloons and a visit from Busy Bear. Food vendors will be onsite to accommodate your lunchtime purchases.
Mark your calendars for Friday, June 24th when the Po’ Ramblin Boys will return to the stage of the Georgia Auditorium on the campus of Tamassee DAR School. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:00 p.m. Admission is FREE!