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Groundbreaking for the KDS 100th Anniversary Project

Groundbreaking for the KDS DAR School 100th Anniversary Project took place on Friday, May 19.


The 100th Anniversary Project, which is being called the KDS DAR School Centennial Campus Commons, will focus on constructing and rejuvenating a neglected space in the heart of the school’s historic campus. The sloped area between the Pennsylvania Bell Tower and the Pennsylvania Log Cabin will be terraced and proper drainage will be installed. A patio will be created at the base of the Bell Tower, utilities will be buried, and some 850 linear feet of deteriorating, uneven sandstone walkways will be replaced. Sod and irrigation will be added, and the area will be enhanced with beautiful, yet low maintenance landscaping.


KDS Executive Director Heather Green said, “This project will not only enrich our student experience by providing opportunities for learning both inside and outside the classroom, but it will add to the beauty of our historic campus and serve as a gathering place for the entire community.”


Many dignitaries and project sponsors were on-hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, including KDS Board Chair Cheryl Harrison; KDS Board Chair-Elect Melvina Phillips; Chaplain General, NSDAR, Virginia Lingelbach; Honorary President General, NSDAR, Lynn Young; and Alabama State Regent Patrice Donnelly.


The project is being paid for through contributions from generous donors. There are various sponsorship levels available, and all donors of $500 or more will be acknowledged on the permanent project recognition plaque. For more information on sponsorships, contact KDS Development Director Jason Hodges at 256-728-4236 or jhodges@nehp.net.


The KDS 100th Anniversary Project is set to be completed in late summer of 2024 and will be celebrated during Dedication Day in October of 2024.


Green said, “It is a massive project, but we all have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the school’s 100th Anniversary milestone while leaving a gift for future generations, and we are so excited to see it completed.”

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