The Balcones Chapter is active in a variety of activities including the
DAR Good Citizen and Scholarship
Scholarships and awards are given to students
for continuing education.
The Balcones Chapter helps to support the Tamassee School through
financial contributions and other means, such as collection of Campbell's
soup labels, that can be redeemed by the school for needed supplies.
The Tamasse DAR School, Tamassee, South Carolina
Tamassee was chosen as a DAR National Schools Project
in 1921. It is one of two designated DAR schools and the only DAR boarding
school in the nation. An average of 400 children are served on a typical
school day. The school boards an average of 72 during the school year,
55 during the summer, and serves 50 at the Pennsylvania Children Center
and 300 at the Tamassee Elementary School. Tamassee offers supplemental family services for children grades K-12. These children come from a variety of states and situations and all of them come with the need for love and acceptance.
The Kate Duncan Smith School, Inc., Grant, Alabama
The school serves grades K-12. It provides opportunities for
the children of a large, rural area in the Appalachian foothills to
develop a strong love of American ideals as they obtain a distinctive
academic background. Emphasis is on patriotic education throughout the
curriculum. Although the school plant and enrollment have increased
greatly in size and number since 1924, the same spirit of dedication to
achievement, patriotic and moral values, and service to community and
country exists on the campus today, as it did in the early years.
Other DAR approved schools are:
Hillside School, Inc.
Hindman Settlement School
Crossnore School, Inc.
DAR Service for Veterans
Among other endeavors, the Balcones Chapter DAR provides support to the
patients at the Veteran’s hospital in Waco, through visits, and provides
donated supplies such as postage, writing supplies, and personal care
Ollie Newton Black Scholarship
Balcones Chapter has created this scholarship in memory of founding
daughter, Ollie Newton Black. Recipients are Austin area high school seniors
who have been awarded the Chapter Good Citizen Award.
Preservation of the environment is of particular interest to
chapter members. Efforts are made to print chapter yearbooks and other
handouts on recycled paper. The chapter routinely shares information on
community recycling requirements.