The excitement is growing as we continue to gear up for the opening of the after school program at Tamassee DAR School. We are paying close attention to the announcements being made by the Oconee County School District, and adhering to the same Covid 19 requirements that are being mandated to the local elementary and middle schools that we will be serving. Since earlier in the year when the pandemic developed, Tamassee has been vigilant about ensuring the safety of everyone on campus and we will continue to do what is necessary to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, families, and volunteers in our care.
Facility updates are happening in the primary buildings which will be utilized for the new programs. Floors have been re-sanded and re-finished, both in-depth and surface cleaning efforts have been completed, walls have been painted, and classrooms have been identified and established in preparation for the arrival of the students on August 24th. The part time teachers have been hired and the search for volunteers who can commit to a few hours each week doing 1:1 tutoring has begun. We are also searching for volunteers who would like to share their talents by leading students in an enrichment program such as drama, singing, instruments, dance, tumbling, art, — the list is as varied as the interest you would like to share. Lastly, the finishing touches are being made to the overall program content and program overviews at the schools we are serving have been completed.
An Open House event will be held on July 29th and again on August 3rd from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. so families can tour the Learning Center, meet the After School staff, get their concerns addressed, and enroll their students in time for the first day of the 2020 school year.
We are pleased to announce that Ginger Haas from the Walhalla Chapter, SC DAR will lead the Tamassee Junior American Citizens (JAC) meetings as an important segment of the after school program. The JAC and will be an excellent complement to the Tamassee Navigator program which was developed specifically for Tamassee students. The program exists to mold children into great American citizens. Through a culture of citizenship, we empower children to be everyday heros.
Entering our second century of service has indeed, been a busy, exciting, and occasionally trying time. We are grateful for your prayers and for your support as we transition into our world of new programs and services for students in the local communities. Please visit our website at www.tdarschool.org to learn more about the many ways you can get involved, and for more information on how your child can benefit by becoming a part of our Tamassee family.