Located atop Gunter Mountain in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Alabama Kate Duncan Smith was founded, in 1924 by the Alabama Society of the DAR and is a non-profit corporation that has partnered with the Marshall County Board of Education to provide education for children in grades kindergarten to 12th who otherwise would not have the opportunity for an education. Many of these children come from broken or dysfunctional homes and are given clothing, school supplies, and health care. There are more than 1,100 students who are fed breakfast and lunch, with 60 % of the student body receiving a reduced or free lunch each day. The DAR sponsors several programs, one of which is the Student Health Program. This program provides children with health care when their families can’t afford it.
Located in the mountains of northwestern South Carolina, Tamassee was founded in 1917 as a school for girls who were faced with a life of poverty. Today the school provides a home for both girls and boys who come from a life of abuse, neglect, or misunderstanding. The goals of the school are to provide a home, education, and skills needed as an adult. The school houses 70 children and also provides a Children’s Development Center with day-care, preschool, and after-school programs for children 6 months to 12 years.
Berry School was started in a log cabin as a Sunday school for young people in the hills of Georgia. When the school outgrew the log cabin, they moved to the Possum Trot Church where they also started a day school. In 1902, they formed a boarding school for boys and girls who did not have the opportunity for an education. Students with limited or no funds were still admitted, but were given tasks around the campus to pay part or all of their tuition. Berry’s mission is comprised of three parts: to educate the head, heart, and hands. In 1926, a college was started and today educates about 1,700 students in three undergraduate programs. Due to declining enrollment, the high school was closed, but the college remains. Berry also still serves as a preschool, children’s development center, and an elementary school for 170 children.
Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Crossnore was founded in 1913 and houses children ages 4 to 20. The school not only provides an education, but emotional and physical support as well as Christian development for children in crisis. The students live in a cottage with no more than 8 or 9 others and are responsible for their own room and belongings. There are two programs available: first, “residential care” where students are given a secure and loving environment until they are returned to their families. The average stay in this program is one year or until the family can provide the same loving care. The second program is “life.” This program provides long-term care where students learn skills necessary for living an independent life. Many of these students stay at Crossnore until they graduate high school.
Hillside located in Marlborough Massachusetts and was founded in 1901 as a home/farm for homeless boys. The school’s purpose is to help the boys understand their full potential by teaching traditional values and providing education skills for 120 boys grades 5 to 9 in preparation for high school. The Hillside School has a program called “Life.” This program helps the boys learn the value of how to help others. The boys spend time in a nursing home, participate in social projects, read and play with children in the Head Start programs, and assist volunteers with projects in the local community. Most of the boys live on campus, and, upon graduation, eighty percent attended a private school in the New England area.
Located in Hindman Kentucky, and founded in 1902, it is a non-profit, non-denominational school that provides an education for both girls and boys who might not have the opportunity. The main focus of the school is to work with children who have dyslexia. East Kentucky Tutorial Program is an after-school program that meets 3.5 hours each week for 13 weeks and has worked with more the 1,300 students. James Still Learning Center is a full-time elementary school for children with dyslexia and is the only one of its kind for 200 miles. Hindman also has an Adult Learning Center that works with 200- 250 people to obtain their GED or basic literacy skills. In the fourteen years since its inception this program has helped over 800 people achieve their GEDs.
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Last Updated 6/15/2010