Beautiful fall weather greeted the more than 175 DAR guests who visited KDS DAR School on October 12 and 13 for its 99th Dedication Day celebration. It was wonderful to host National School Chair Dawn Lemongello, Alabama Society DAR State Regent Patrice R. Donnelly, and DAR members and guests from across the country as we all shared in this very special occasion.
Awaiting the ladies as they arrived on Thursday morning was a warm “welcome to campus” where students lined the sidewalks, waved signs, and presented them with flowers and artwork while the KDS Marching Band and cheerleaders provided lively tunes and cheers. Entertainment during orientation was provided by the 6th Grade J.A.C. Club, performing a program in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the NASA Space Shuttle Program.
A special rededication ceremony was held for Nan Roberts Lane Chapel following an extensive renovation of the building’s sanctuary. Alabama Officers Club President Melvina Phillips presided over a ribbon-cutting and program which featured Lane descendants.
Thursday’s activities consisted of meetings of the Board of Trustees and KDS Committees. Additionally, guests were encouraged to take part in a tour of campus, visit classrooms, go on a “Treasure Hunt”, and read to elementary students. On Thursday evening the group enjoyed a casual dinner at Hampton Inn in Guntersville.
The traditional Dedication Program on Friday is always the highlight of the festivities, and this year was no exception with 26 state societies, groups, and organizations qualifying to dedicate. The National School Chair presented the Dedication Day message on the importance of the 99th year in a centennial celebration. The program also featured musical performances by the Fourth Grade Choir and First Grade Classes whose program was entitled “Schools are the Jewels of DAR”; the High School Choir; and all KDS students singing “DAR, Oh How We Love You” to a rousing response. The program was followed by the famous Basket Luncheon.
Among the other highlights of this year’s KDS Dedication Day was the annual Craft Show which was held in the Doris Pike White Gymnasium, with more than 30 crafters offering their handmade goods. The proceeds from the Craft Show provide funds for supplies and materials for the KDS High School Art Department.
The 99th KDS DAR School Dedication Day was a truly special time for our “Gem of Gunter Mountain” and its students.