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NSDAR Supported Schools

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Since 1903, the Society has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports Kate Duncan Smith, DAR Schools in the Appalachian region in Alabama.


DAR approved schools are given financial assistance by DAR members, including scholarships, material donations, and genuine personal interest. Annually, approximately $600,000 is contributed to these six schools.


Through its American Indians Committee, the DAR assists in educating Indian youth through scholarships and support of Bacone College, Muskogee, Oklahoma, the oldest continuing institution of higher learning in Oklahoma, and Chemawa Indian School in Salem, Oregon.


Good citizenship and love of country are taught at all of these schools.

DAR School

Kate Duncan Smith (KDS)

Founded on Gunter Mountain by the Alabama DAR in 1924. KDS is a day school, kindergarten through 12th grade, serving an area of 100 square miles. Enrollment averages 1,000 students yearly. Special emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship, academic achievement, and horticultural and computer skills. Preparation for college and vocational training are important parts of the curriculum.


DAR Approved Schools

Hillside School, Inc.

Founded in 1901 as a rural home for boys who were orphaned or otherwise without a home or family. It now provides a structural and supportive environment for students with learning problems. Its program stresses reading, writing, math, science, literature, social studies, fine arts, and industrial arts.

Hindman Settlement School

Founded in 1902 to provide an educational opportunity for the youth of the mountains. Its major educational emphasis today is its work with students with dyslexic characteristics. This is the only program of its type within 200 miles. It also offers an Adult Basic Education/GED Program.

Berry College

Founded in 1902 to provide high school education for rural youth. In 1926, the school was developed into a college.

Crossnore School, Inc.
North Carolina

Crossnore School, Inc., North Carolina, was founded in the early 1900s to give the children from the mountains and foothills of North Carolina a home while attending public schools in Avery County. The school also provides daycare services for local children.

DAR School Projects

Through donations, the children at the DAR Schools are given opportunities for an education and a safe place to live.


Contact Atlanta Chapter, NSDAR for more information about these projects.

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