CALHOUN — On Oct. 16, the Jasper Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution group (DAR) toured Tamassee DAR School located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in South Carolina.
In 1914, the future was bleak for children in the Rural Appalachian Mountain faced with a life of poverty and illiteracy. Motivated by the desire to improve the quality of life in the region, a commitment by the S.C. DAR to aid education voted to establish a school in a place remote, yet accessible, where the need was greatest. Established in 1919 by the S.C. DAR and adopted in the same year by the 29th Continental Congress as a nation society DAR project. The local Cherokee Indians had named the area Tamassee, which translates at “the place of sunlight of God.”
Many children from across the United States have called Tamassee home. The majority of the children reside within a 100-mile radius of their school making possible for the family to build and maintain a healthy relationship with their children.
Tamassee offers a stable nurturing home like environment to children while their family works to resolve circumstances contributing to crisis situation. Children are provided the opportunity to grow mentally, physically, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually.