Homeschool Co-Op & Tamassee DAR School

Sep. 18, 2020

Tamassee DAR School is very pleased to be the selected location for a new Home School Cooperative in Oconee County. A homeschool co-op is a group of homeschooling families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common educational goals. Co-ops can be organized around academics, social time, the arts, activities, crafts, service work, or projects — or some combination of these. The new group meeting on the campus of Tamassee DAR School is being founded and will be led by Jenni Holland and Helen Roach.

Mrs. Holland has many years of experience teaching in private, public, and homeschool settings, and she is currently homeschooling her four children. Mrs. Holland understands the opportunities and challenges of the various educational systems and draws on her experience as a consultant and spokesperson for homeschool curriculum across the southeast.

Understanding the need to supplement the homeschool classroom with additional activities, Mrs. Holland and Mrs. Roach created the new Home School Cooperative. The group gathers for their weekly meeting on Friday morning and begins with a chapel service for student and parents in Tamassee’s North Carolina Gibson Chapel. From 10 a.m. to noon the students enjoy a variety of enrichment activities followed by a bag lunch. The group will also participate in educational field trips and service projects to benefit the local community. In September, the group will focus on the Upstate’s ecosystem and a visit to a horse therapy center. The group will also benefit from Tamassee’s educational services. Homeschool students will take the assessments in reading and math so parents and grandparents can support students to achieve grade level in these fundamental academic skills.

As students and families struggle with the impact of COVID-19, many are turning to homeschooling as their source of educational instruction. Tamassee DAR School is happy to be part of the solution for these families by offering our campus facilities to help enrich the experience of homeschooling students.  For questions regarding the program, please contact Jenni Holland at jennisholland@yahoo.com

Tamassee’s 1st Annual Charity Cook-Off is coming. The event will be held Saturday, September 19th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Celebrity judges will be on hand to choose the winning recipe and BBQ lunches will be sold for $10/plate.  All proceeds benefit Tamassee DAR School Children’s Fund.  The afternoon will include lots of FREE family fun with horseback rides, emergency equipment on display, music by Conservation Theory, car and jeep cruise-ins, door prize drawings including a gift card for $250, and much more.  We look forward to seeing you! Adherence to social distancing guidelines is encouraged.

On September 29th Tamassee’s 8th Annual Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at Smithfield’s Golf Course in Easley, SC.  The format will be Captain’s Choice with 4 person teams. The cost is $100/player and the shotgun start is at 9 am.  An awards luncheon and auctions immediately follow play.  Contact Barb McGrey at barb213@bellsouth.net to register your team.