As we were searching through Tamassee DAR School archives in search of material for the upcoming pictorial history book, we came across a Tamassee treasure. Located deep in the vault was the personal scrapbook of South Carolina State Regent, NSDAR (1914-1917) Grace Ward Calhoun who was in office during the founding of Tamassee and later served two terms as Chair of the Board of Trustees. Within the yellowing pages of the historical documents was a copy of the powerful words she spoke at the national gathering of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1920.
What better way to pay tribute to our founders during the Founders’ Day celebration than to re-enact that speech? At the time, the words on those now tattered pages resulted in Tamassee DAR School being adopted at the national level of the DAR. That was huge! That vote opened the door for Daughters across the country to get involved in this school, which has influenced the lives of thousands of children over the past 100 years. What vision! What strength! What determination to ensure that children living in poverty would have hope for a better future through the power of education. It was fitting, that Tamassee DAR School Raymond Academy Teacher, Casey Certain transform her appearance and demeanor and re-enact those words as Grace Ward Calhoun during our recent Founders’ Day program. As Casey spoke, those in attendance were swept back to an earlier time and reminded of the obligations we have as Americans to help secure our country’s future through the education and patriotic development of our youth.
Almost 100 years later, the vision held by Grace Ward Calhoun and the Daughters of the American Revolution is alive and well. You can see it daily in the work being done on the campus of Tamassee DAR School. Still today, children come seeking an opportunity to grow, develop and hope for a brighter future. Our programs are designed to speak to all of those needs. Resources are readily available to help children who have fallen behind in their education. There are therapeutic programs available for those who come needing assistance in healing from prior experiences. Our residential cottages are safe and secure environments where students can feel comfortable and learn day to day responsibilities associated with growing up. Outings provide exposure to social settings ranging from school dances to holiday performances of the Nutcracker ballet. At Tamassee DAR School, we focus on the development of the total child. Nothing pleases us more than to hear the stories of success from former students.
To learn how Tamassee DAR School can help your child or a family you know, contact Tamassee’s Admissions Coordinator at 864-944-3022. Tamassee DAR School has never turned anyone away because of their inability to pay. Fees for our programs and services are based on a sliding scale of the guardian’s income, and scholarships are always available. Call today to begin the enrollment process.