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The Kate Duncan Smith DAR School is located atop Gunter Mountain in Grant, Ala.. It was opened by the Alabama Society Daughters of the American Revolution in 1924 and was joined by the National Society DAR in 1928.
A non-residential school, it serves any child in grades K-12 living on Gunter Mountain in northeast Alabama. It is one of several schools and colleges supported by NSDAR. Its mission is to instill in the students a sense of patriotism, an understanding of their civic responsibilities, and an appreciation for the heritage and history of this great nation.
Today there are more than 1,400 students, 60 percent of whom live at or below the poverty line. The grounds have grown from the original four-classroom building to a campus of 240 acres and 40 buildings.
Members of the Kings Mountain Messenger Chapter, NSDAR, here in Fayetteville decided that, for Christmas, they would bring gifts of school and art supplies for KDS students rather than buying gifts to exchange among themselves. A large plastic bin full of crayons, paper, notebooks, pencils, glue, pencil pouches, and arts and craft supplies was collected at their Christmas Party. They also collected monetary donations from those not able to purchase gifts.
The weather since Christmas has not been totally cooperative for a delivery to the school, especially when it involves getting to the top of a mountain, but three members of the chapter recently made the trip to Grant and delivered the gifts to the school’s administrative offices on campus. The administrators were very appreciative of their efforts.