image description The Talmadge Auditorium
at Tamassee DAR School.


In 1914, the future was bleak for children living in the isolated mountain areas of northwestern South Carolina. With no schools near their homes, many were faced with the probability of a life of poverty and illiteracy. Motivated by a desire to improve the quality of life in this region and a commitment by their organization to aid education, the South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution voted to establish a school “in a place remote, yet accessible, where the need seems greatest.” And so, the journey began that has changed the lives of so many children since then. Today, Tamassee DAR School is a private 501-c(3) non-profit children’s home and family services organization offering multi-faceted programs to serve children and families with a variety of needs.

If you are interested in education, the DAR has several areas where your interest and skills can be utilized. As a professional educator or a mother or a woman with just an interest in education, the Andrew McBride Chapter has a place for you to learn and share your interest and skills. Below are samples of some of the DAR committees that work with education and school projects.

American History: Sponsors American History Essay contests for students in grades 5 to 8 including home-schooled children.

American Indians: DAR has assisted American Indians with financial and scholarship aid since 1936. Over $75,000 is contributed yearly.

Children of the American Revolution: Founded in 1895 by DAR, this committee provides training in patriotism and leadership to today’s youth.

DAR Good Citizens: Promotes dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism among high school seniors with national and state awards.

DAR Scholarship: Over $80,000 for NSDAR American History, Political Science, History, Government, Historic Preservation, Economics, Music, Nursing, Medical, and Occupation Therapy scholarships available annually.

DAR School: Support given to Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama; Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina, Berry College, Georgia; Crossnore School, North Carolina; Hillside School, Massachusetts; Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky.

Junior American Citizens: Citizenship training program for boys and girls, kindergarten through high school. JAC Clubs are available to parochial, private, public, and home-schooled students, as well as in community centers, etc.

Literacy Promotion: Promotes adult literacy and involvement in literacy programs.