DAR Tours Crossnore School

Education, Historic Preservation, and Patriotism are the chief goals of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR).

Ellie Betts, Tennessee Society NSDAR Schools Vice Chair for The Crossnore School advanced the goal of Education on October 3 as she welcomed TSDAR members from the Applachian District to tour the facilities of The Crossnore School in Crossnore, North Carolina, and learn about the accomplishments of the school.

Mrs. Betts is also a member of the Martha Dandridge Washington (MDW) Chapter NSDAR and was accompanied by Wendy Randolph, Treasurer of the MDW Chapter.

After the group assembled in the Sloop Chapel, the ladies viewed the inspirational Benjamin F. Long Fresco titled “Suffer the Little Children,” based on Mark 10:14, “Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of God.”

Mrs. Betts welcomed the ladies and introduced Courtney Lane, Advancement Officer for The Crossnore School and Children’s Home.
The Crossnore School was founded by Drs. Eustace and Mary Martin Sloop in 1913. In 1924, Dr. Mary Martin Sloop became involved with the NSDAR.

Currently, The Crossnore School & Children’s Home offers a holistic approach which treats the whole child emotionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually. This is achieved through Residential Programs (on-campus residential care), Community Programs (outpatient therapy and medication clinic, intensive in-home services, family foster care homes, and therapeutic foster care homes), and Educational Services. Each group home has house parents, up to 9 children, and a dog. The pet helps the children to learn responsibility and to benefit from the comfort of a dog. Williams Academy is a public charter school on the Crossnore campus. The Crossnore School & Children’s Home has 6 therapists on staff and offers Equine Therapy. Children can stay in residential care until they reach the age of 21 as they transition into adulthood.

The NSDAR has been supporting schools since 1903. Those currently supported are Kate Duncan Smith School, Alabama; Tamassee School, South Carolina; Berry College, Georgia; The Crossnore School, North Carolina; Hillside School, Inc., Massachusetts; Hindman Settlement School, Kentucky; Bacone College, Oklahoma; and Chemawa Indian School, Oregon.

Source: Jane Chambers - DAR