Courtesy of Hillary Fisk

Throughout its long history, District Daughters have volunteered hundreds of hours and donated thousands of books and funds in support of child and adult literacy in both DAR-sponsored schools and local schools in the nation’s capital.

Outstanding District of Columbia students are recognized with awards and DAR scholarships for academic excellence, good citizenship, and knowledge of American history.

DCDAR participates in outreach programs at McKinley Technology High School library and has been instrumental in the formation, support, and donation of books to the middle and high school libraries. The DCDAR also sponsors pizza lunches for the Book Club on their “Visit with the Author Days," as well as providing support for the city-wide Poetry Out Loud Contest. Other activities include awarding of Barnes & Noble Gift Cards to Milestone Readers of the Book Club, hosting Constitution Week programs for the students, serving as guest judge of the school’s Poetry Out Loud Competition, and awarding gift cards to the second and third-place winners and a Kindle to the first-place winner. DCDAR also sponsored a McKinley student’s attendance at the National FBLA Convention to receive an Outstanding Student award.

Additionally, annual scholarship awards at George Washington University and the development of a JROTC scholarship to benefit District students enrolled in JROTC who are graduating seniors are other educational programs we support.

Other educational programs supported by DCDAR are the Campbell’s Soup Labels & Box Tops for Education collection for DAR-sponsored schools and a new program, “Pennies for Puppies/Dollars for Doggies” coin collection for cottage dogs. These dogs provide unconditional love and healing to at-risk students residing at the Crossnore School, founded in 1913 in Crossnore, North Carolina.

Resources for Students & Educators

Since its founding in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has promoted historic preservation, education, and patriotism in communities across the nation.

DAR has something to offer every community, including essay contests, educational materials, youth programs, and scholarships and awards. All students and educators are invited to participate and learn more about the educational programs the DAR offers.