KDS DAR School was honored to take part in the 128th Continental Congress of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D.C. June 24 - July 1. KDS Executive Director Heather Green; Development Director Beth Cagle; Board Chairman Cheryl Harrison; KDS Alumna Taylor Corbin; and student representatives Ben Sutton and Georgia Turner enjoyed a busy week of meeting with Daughters from across the country and throughout the world to share with them the story of KDS, the "Gem of Gunter Mountain."
KDS was pleased to once again receive support through a generous contribution by the Friends of DAR Schools Fund during the Friday afternoon DAR School Luncheon. National School Chair Peggy Troxell made the presentation following the reports of the KDS DAR School student representatives.
More than $25,000 was distributed from the Friends of DAR Schools Fund, and an additional $25,000 was awarded from the sale of the National DAR School Pin. The contributions are designated for the Elementary School Arts Enrichment Program, art and music supplies, and the installation of a new fire alarm system for the Baylies-Estes Building.
A highlight of Continental Congress each year is certainly the Junior Membership Luncheon. This year's event was no exception.
The Junior Membership Committee of the DAR has for more than 75 years raised money for the Helen Pouch Memorial Fund through the sales of nationally approved Junior products at the state and national levels as well as the contributions of chapters for Achievement Award credit. Those funds are awarded to the DAR Schools annually for projects which directly benefit children. During this year's luncheon, National Junior Membership Committee Chairman Jamie Burchfield presented KDS with $40,000 intended to support several programs and projects at KDS.
Free time is always scarce during Continental Congress, but the KDS delegation did have the opportunity to visit several of our country's top attractions including the U.S. Capitol; Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History; Ford's Theater and the Petersen House; the Washington National Cathedral; and the numerous memorials and monuments along the National Mall.