The DAR is passionate about educating America’s youth and supports a variety of different programs, contests, and awards to help further this goal.
Arkansas Valley Chapter supports the following:
- American History Essay Contest
The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation’s great history and learn about history in a new light. This contest is open to students in public, private, parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate.
- Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 1996 to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus. The contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve.
- DAR Good Citizens
The DAR Good Citizens Award and Scholarship Contest, created in 1934, is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This program is only open to high school seniors whose schools are accredited by their state board of education.
- Constitution Week
This celebration of the Constitution was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1955, DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week.
The DAR website offers many different resources that teachers may find useful when they are teaching subjects such as the Revolutionary War, family history/genealogy, the colonial period, and early America. Teachers and students are encouraged to explore the available resources and take advantage of the different programs DAR offers.