There are numerous ways for you to support student needs and educational opportunities at KDS! Listed below are the programs available for sponsoring.
For more information about sponsoring
any of our programs, contact:
KDS Development Director
Phone: (256) 728-4236
With more than half of the residents of the Gunter Mountain, Alabama, area living below the poverty line, many of the students who attend KDS DAR School do not have the basic necessities many of us take for granted. A contribution to the Children's Fund provides for students' personal items like shoes, coats, backpacks, and school supplies. Funds are also used to assist with school fees, athletic equipment, senior yearbooks, and field trips for those with a significant financial hardship.
No child’s opportunities should be limited by personal or financial barriers!
The KDS Health Clinic was established by the National Junior Membership Committee of the DAR to provide for the general healthcare needs of students. Donated funds pay for everything from bandages to dental visits and eye glasses.
Through the Health Clinic, KDS also administers screenings for vision, hearing, and scoliosis, and educational programs to improve students' understanding of health-related issues.
Blessings Bags & Patriot Pantry
The KDS DAR School Blessings Bags program provides food sacks for schoolchildren who have limited access to food on the weekends. There are currently more than 275 KDS Elementary School students who receive the packs. These students must be sponsored each year at a cost of $100 per student.
A "Patriot Pantry" in each school ensures children have access to snacks and personal items such as hygiene and toiletry supplies while at school. The "Pantries" make it easy for students to discreetly obtain essentials to meet their everyday needs.
One of the greatest gifts to give a student is the opportunity to further his or her education. More than $150,000 in scholarships is awarded annually to KDS graduates in pursuit of higher education. Gifts can be made to sponsor a specific scholarship or can be designated to the KDS Scholarship Fund which provides renewals to deserving graduates.
Each year, with the help of generous friends, KDS sponsors approximately 65 students and their families for the holidays. Donated funds provide clothing, toiletries, personal items, and of course, a few 'goodies' from the child's wish list to help make their Christmas special.
A Work Scholarship program makes it possible to employ students after school and during the summer months. Students working as janitorial staff, office helpers, and maintenance assistants learn valuable work skills, gain real-life experience to add to their resumes, and earn a much-needed paycheck for themselves and their families.