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Oakley Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 20 at the home of Registrar Mary Belle White with Candace Gough as co-hostess.
Regent Charlotte White welcomed attendees and led in reciting the DAR Ritual; Registrar Mary Belle White led the opening prayer; Flag chairman Marian Johnson led The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
Vice Regent Candy Massey introduced speaker for the day Mrs. Betsey Moreland, past NSDAR Vice President General and LSDAR State Chairman - DAR Schools. Excerpts from Moreland's talk are as follows:
" For over one hundred years DAR Approved Schools have been devoted to meeting the educational needs of the disadvantaged. One room school houses have become K-12 schools, colleges, safe homes and schools with programs focusing on such special needs as Dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.
School campuses can be visited in person or by reviewing their Web sites. They are:
• Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Inc.: Grant, Alabama, has as its objectives the elevation of all children and adults of the Gunter Mountain Community through emphasis upon serving God, Home and Country.
• Tamassee DAR School: located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the upper northwest corner of S. Carolina provides a safe, healing environment in a setting for disadvantaged children from broken homes and families in crisis.
• Berry College, Inc.: in the rural northwest setting of Mount Berry, GA. serves students in a pre-school program, a child development center and an elementary school and high school. These students have little or no money to pay for tuition, etc. so they work at essential tasks to pay part or all of their expenses. Berry's three-fold mission is to educate the head, heart and hands. The private, fully accredited college of liberal arts and sciences serves 1,900 students, offering a four-year curriculum of liberal arts and sciences; and three undergraduate degrees: bachelor or arts, bachelor of science and bachelor of music. Berry College provides deserving young people, regardless of economic circumstances or ethnic background, an opportunity to excel.
• The Crossnore School:, Crossnore, N. Carolina is a non-profit, residential children's home and school. Crossnore School is licensed to serve abused, abandoned, and neglected children placed there by area social services departments, courts or legal guardians. Crossnore Academy is a K-12, charter, public school accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges.
• Hillside School, Inc., Marlborough, Mass, is located on 220 acres in a rural setting. It has a working farm which helps boys realize their full potential by providing traditional values and education skills. The curriculum includes math, science, English, history, foreign language, writing and industrial and studio arts. Computers enhance the students' writing, thinking and creativity skills.
• Hindman Settlement School, located in the mountains of Kentucky, is a non-profit, non-denominational institution that reflects its continuing commitment to outstanding academic programs while keeping students mindful of their heritage. Major educational emphasis is its work with students with learning differences/dyslexia. Also, many adults are either working on basic literacy skills or their GED. During the past 20 years, over 1,200 adults have received their GED's in Knott County."
Members present were: Candace Gough, Eleanor Hatfield, Marian Johnson, Charlotte Little, Candy Massey, Lukey Robinson, Jeanette Thompson, Charlotte White and Mary Belle White.
Meeting adjourned by attendees reciting "The Americans Creed". Secretary Marian Johnson