State Societies' Education Outreach Programs


NSSAR State societies' education outreach programs


The NSSAR offers many educational oppertunities at the National, State and Local levels.  Below is a listing of the oppertunities that your local SAR is participating in.

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Arizona State Outreach

Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution

Educational Outreach

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In 2010 Arizona developed the College and Career Read Standards to establish curriculum benchmarks in English language arts and literacy in history/social studies, science and technical subjects and mathematics as part of a national educational initiative.   The individual school districts prepare their own curriculum but students are tested against the standards in grade level tests to determine the efficacy of the schools programs in these areas.   As with most programs of this nature, history is not a key element in the testing.   Organizations are challenged with ways to incorporate their history lessons into the curriculum of local schools.




Tucson chapter Color Guard has been the most active in the state doing presentations to the schools on the American Revolution, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.  Presentations are made at grade schools, middle schools and high schools, in public, parochial, charter and private schools, and vocational colleges. Contact: or arbyrdatcomcast [dot] net.

Muskets and Rifles of the Revolution

Members have been able to take the weapons of the revolution to area schools.  Working with local law enforcement has been a key to this program.  Members take all the equipment including guns, bayonets, powder horns and a full knapsack to discuss the weapons and the life of a soldier.   The children are allowed to hold the equipment.   The role of Spain and Spanish troops and the black soldiers is emphasized for relevance to the area.

Colonial Life and Medicine

Our members and spouses also present the day to day life in the colonies.  Our former State President, a physician, also has a program and medical equipment used during the revolution.  The children are amazed at the hardships of living with all the modern conveniences and shocked at the medical practices of those time.                                            


California State Outreach

California Society Sons of the American Revolution (CASSAR) Educational Outreach State Public School Profile

Number of students 6,218,776
Number of schools 10,296 
Number of school districts 1,043
The California State Board of Education, appointed by the Governor, sets K-12 education policy in the areas of standards, curriculum, instructional materials, assessment, and accountability. The State Superintendent of Public Instruction is elected. The 1,043 School Districts in California elect their own School Boards. County School Superintendents, plus multiple entities, including teachers’ unions and publishers, work in a seven-year curriculum adoption cycle.   The system is very complex and very political.  Consequently, CASSAR and its Chapters operate at the “grass roots” level reaching out to teachers and schools, both public and private.  Individual teachers want to work with us and do so.  The California Society’s greatest challenge to Outreach lies within the membership itself.  Few compatriots step forward and become directly involved.   Without the volunteers, the job cannot be done.

CASSAR Youth Activities Director  
The California Society has a state level Youth Activities Director who coordinates and supports all our youth programs through Education Program Chairmen who in turn work with our 26 Chapters to reach the children throughout the state.  
Americanism Poster Contest Middle School Brochure Contest
Knight Essay Contest High School Orations Contest
Eagle Scout Program JROTC/ROTC and NSCC/NLCC 
Spirit of America Program High School Citizenship Awards
Email CASSAR Youth Activities Director Derek Brown atDptyDekeatyahoo [dot] com (  ")DptyDekeatyahoo [dot] com"

Teacher Recognition
The Valley Forge Teacher Recognition Program is unique to California with CASSAR financially sponsoring two teachers annually.  Excellence in Education begins with superior teachers. The “Outreach” includes local CASSAR Chapters encouraging exceptional U.S. History teachers to apply.  Recipients of this award are often speakers at our State level conferences and promoters of the Youth Contests/Awards programs.

Local C.A.R. Societies
Like most State Societies, CASSAR works closely with C.A.R. The young people attend our conferences, write CASSAR newsletter articles, serve as pages and jointly participate in events. But in California, the 30 local C.A.R. Societies are an essential element of our “Outreach” strategy. The Youth Activities Director works closely with the CASSAR-C.A.R. Liaison to see that SAR Programs and Contests are marketed to the local C.A.R. Societies at Statewide Workshops and at local Society meetings. 

“Best Practices” at the Local Chapter Level
Chapters are encouraged to innovate and share their successes. For example: The Sacramento Chapter created the Compatriot "School Guard," which provides an 80 minute presentation about life during the American Revolution to schools throughout the Sacramento area. The members of the "School Guard" make first-person presentations about their characters in period dress and with period weaponry. This program's popularity has expanded since 2000 when it started.

Colorado State Outreach

Colorado Society Sons of the American Revolution Educational Outreach State Public School Profile

Number of students  876,999
Number of schools       1830
Number of school districts         184

The Colorado State Board of Education sets standards.  School districts within the state are Independent School Districts and control their own curriculum and selection of texts.  In most districts access to any one department is controlled by an officer for that study field.  Access for our educational programs is therefore a school district by school district proposition.   American History is taught in the fifth and eighth grades.  The fifth grade covers the American Revolution in the late spring. The eight grade covers the American Revolution in the early fall. Historical Programs presented by the Colorado Society are limited to access by local chapters

JROTC/ROTC Recognition Program
Currently the Colorado Society enlists the support of all its chapters to provide presenters at the 50 Universities and High School in Colorado which have JROTC/ROTC programs on their campus. The Recognition consist of presenting Bronze or Silver medals to the outstanding Cadets and Midshipmen
at their respective Educational institution. The Colorado Society represents the National Society at the United Air Force Academy Cadet Recognition program. 
Patriot Chests Colonial Life Program
Three of the four chapters maintain a trunk of clothing, foods, utensils, housewares, games and other period reproductions.   Presentations are given to class groups both fifth and eighth grade.   Most often these presentations are in coordination with Patriot Day celebrations. 
Genealogy Research Assistance Program
All four chapters and the state registrar have assistance programs for anyone (all ages) interested in hereditary research. Speakers Bureau
All four chapters have programs where SAR members will go and speak on a variety of topics before clubs, churches, hereditary chapters and schools.
George Washington Portrait Program
COSSAR supported 12 schools display  National History Day Members volunteer as judges for the National/Colorado History Day in March.
Eagle Scout Recognition Program
COSSAR has a Eagle Scout Committee Chairman plus each chapter has a Eagle Scout Representative. Each year each chapter will recognize the outstanding Eagle Scout from their Geographical area. COSSAR pick the State winner from the  Chapter selectees every February.  
COSSAR Living History & Reenactments
Members participate in the Living History annual demonstrations at Ft. Lupton, Highlands Ranch, Rockledge Ranch, and Frontier Days in Cheyenne.  Our members talk with school groups and the public demonstrating the daily life of the Revolutionary soldier and their family hardships.  History brochures provided
COSSAR Color Guard participates in five annual parades/demonstrations

Georgia Society Outreach

Georgia Society SAR Education Outreach Summary
Georgia’s SAR Education Outreach effort understands the educator’s program expectations.
Some schools request a program in the form of an important character during the American Revolution, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson or George Washington.  Other schools request a living history presentation on Colonial American, events that caused the Revolution, the lifestyle of the time, its economy and common struggle. Many educators across Georgia have embraced our living history approach using a “traveling trunk” that contains up to 80 colonial items.   We measure our success by the year after year requests to return to their schools with our SAR Educational Outreach program.
The Georgia Society’s approach for its successful Educational Outreach is SIMPLE.
S - State Standards in Education are public information and in Georgia it is the Fourth Grade Social Studies where Colonial America and the American Revolution are required material. Go to your State’s Board of Education web site to find the State Standards or contact your local school system.
I -  Instructional Calendars provide the Topics, Materials and Content for the school year that outlines what, when and why the American Colonial and Revolutionary War periods are essential
M – Motivate SAR Chapters and their members to experience a student’s personal appreciation for bringing learning in the school from something other than a textbook.   The majority of the Chapters have been inspired to start programs through Georgia Society SAR and its Educational Committee assistance with expenses, preparation and distribution of a “traveling trunk” with a speaking point guide for each colonial item in it.  Making traveling trunk easily available and understandable motivates.
P – Prepare a State SAR Educational Committee presentation syllabus that addresses the State Board of Education’s standards related to Colonial America and the events of the American Revolution.  Georgia’s SAR Educational Committee’s syllabus is easily modified by each Chapter to adapt to their Chapter presenters. Providing a written syllabus to a local educator gives that teacher the opportunity to share a defined reason to seek approval through the administration to invite the SAR in to the school.
L- Liaison with other SAR Chapters or DAR Chapters for learning or developing a team approach.  DAR Chapters often have members with period attire that add to the presentation the role of women in the American Revolution, as well as, the lifestyle of the homemaker that kept the family and farm intact while their Patriot answered the call to serve.  Liaison with your local school Media Specialist is essential.  Media Specialists network with other Media Specialists within and across school systems. Their critical reviews of our SAR programs have generated other schools to request presentations.
E- Educators appreciate effective explanations.  Contact your local educator or Media Specialist in writing, by letter or email, to introduce your “no cost, in school field trip” presentation.   Attach to your written notice a syllabus or outline of your presentation, a list of colonial items that will be a part of your program or period attire for an historical character and the length of time your presentation takes.
For more information about the Georgia Society SAR’s Education Outreach, please contact Bruce Maney at mbrucemaneyatbellsouth [dot] net.

North Carolina Education Programs

North Carolina State Education Outreach


Number of Students [Average Daily Membership (2010-11)]        

      Grades K-8                                           1,011,545 in Traditional Public Schools

      Grades 9-12                                            422,891  in Traditional Public Schools

      Grades K-8                                                 34,512  in Charter Schools

      Grades 9-12                                                 6,720  in Charter Schools

                                                                         114,630  in Private and Parochial Schools

Number of Schools                                  Over 2,500 Traditional Public Schools

                                                                              100  Charter Schools

                                                                                  3 Residential Schools for the

                                                                                        Hearing and Visual Impaired

                                                                     Over 700  Private and Parochial Schools

                                                                                        (most are religiously affiliated)

Number of Districts                                            115


The North Carolina State Board of Education sets standards and makes recommendations, but North Carolina is a “local control” state and local school districts control their own curriculum and selection of texts.  Districts range from large, urban districts to small, rural districts and there is no clear path for access to district classrooms.  Access for our educational programs has historically therefore been on a school-by-school basis by individual chapters.   However, in the coming academic year the State Society, with the assistance of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), will be attempting to assist local chapters by contacting first District Superintendents and the School Principals across the State to make them aware of what we can offer.  Also in the coming academic year, the State Board of Education has adopted a new standard that requires two years of American History for graduation from high school in the State.  The means that American History will now be taught/offered in the Fourth (4th), Fifth (5th), Seventh (7th), and Ninth (9th) through Twelfth (12th) grades.  We believe that the Board of Education’s new policy opens a window of opportunity for us to gain access to classrooms across the State.


Student Recognition

• Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

• Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest

• George S. & Stella M. Knight High School Essay Contest 

• Joseph S. Rumbaugh High School Orations Contest

• Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Program 

• JROTC/ROTC Medal Program and the Enhanced JROTC Program

Teacher Recognition

 • Tom & Betty Lawrence History Teacher Award Program

Classroom Assistance

While North Carolina’s education structure and relatively low population density makes access to all classrooms difficult, many of our chapters actively attempt to participate in the teaching of the Revolutionary Era by bringing a fieldtrip to the classroom.  This year the NCSSAR will be attempting to assist local chapters in gaining classroom access by contacting first District Superintendents and the School Principals across the State to make them aware of what we can offer. 

Local C.A.R. Societies

Like most State Societies, NCSSAR works closely with our North Carolina C.A.R.  The NCSSAR supports the C.A.R. in three ways:  1) we provide adult leaders to mentor the children in the execution of their duties.  This one-on-one mentoring helps the C.A.R. members develop better leadership skills and accomplish one of the goals of the C.A.R., which is to train good citizens.    2) We provide funding to support the C.A.R. State President’s project.  This year the project is to support the New Kituwah Academy in Cherokee where children are taught the language, traditions and culture of the Cherokee tribe.  And, 3) we provide other program support as needed.  For example, we provided the color guard at the C.A.R. State Conference.  The 24 local C.A.R. Societies are an essential element of our “Outreach” strategy.  The NCSSAR-C.A.R. Liaison Chair works to see that SAR Programs and Contests are marketed to the local C.A.R. Societies at Statewide Workshops and at local Society meetings. 

 “Best Practices” at the Local Chapter Level

Chapters are encouraged to innovate and share their successes in their education outreach programs.

The NCSSAR has individual Chairs for each of our youth education outreach programs, our teacher recognition outreach, and for liaison with the C.A.R.  Additionally we have an Education Chair.

Tennessee Society State Outreach

Tennessee State Outreach

Tennessee Society Sons of the American Revolution

Educational Outreach

School Profile

Number of Students: 934,246
Number of Schools: 1,736
Number of School Districts: 136


Academic standards provide a common set of expectations toward which all students strive. The
Tennessee Department of Education is committed to providing educators with resources and information to support student mastery of these standards. Curriculum provides instructional programming designed to help students reach these outcomes. Districts work locally to establish curricular programs which support student mastery of Tennessee’s academic standards while reflecting unique community values. The Tennessee State Board of Education is charged with adopting academic standards for the different subject areas at each grade level.

History teaching in Tennessee State Schools:

United States History is taught in the 4th & 8th Grades, with an elective in the 9-12th Grades. In
the 4th Grade - The History of America (to 1850), in the 8th Grade - United States History and Geography: Colonization of North America to Reconstruction and the American West, and in the grades 9-12, an "Elective" - United States Government and Civics.

Tennessee Society Programs

The TNSSAR has establishing standing committees and events for the following youth
educational programs:
Americanism Committee - Americanism History Poster Contest George and Stella Knight Essay Committee - Essays Swift/West/Rumbaugh Orations Committee - Orations ROTC/JROTC Committee
Eagle Scout Committee
DAR C.A,R. Liaison Committee
Education Committee - Educational Outreach - Middle School Brochure Contest
Overmountain Men Victory Trail Association Liaison Committee
SAR C.A.R. Essay Committee

Other Activities and Events:

Chapters - Living History Programs in local schools - 4th & 8th grades TNSSAR - $1,000 annual donation to the State wide TN History Days Program Color Guard demonstrations and presentation of the Colors at local school programs
Committee Chairmen coordinate activities with the 21 TNSSAR Chapters. Chapter persons plan and coordinate activities, events and contest with their local public and private schools, with local JROTC units, Eagle Scouts, 4-H Clubs, C.A.R. units and other local Youth Organizations to bring history, education and patriotism to the fore front in our Youth's education.

Texas State Outreach

Number of Students   4, 935, 715

Number of Schools            8, 551

Number of Districts             1, 239


The Texas State Board of Education sets standards.  School districts within the state are Independent School Districts and control their own curriculum and selection of texts.  In most districts access to any one department is controlled by an officer for that study field.  Access for our educational programs is therefore a school district by school district proposition.   American History is taught in the fifth and seventh grades.  There has been a push in Texas to remove American history as a subject in the curriculum.  Historical programs presented by the Texas Society are limited to access by local chapters


Revolutionary Flag Program

Revolutionary Flag programs are presented which highlight the flags which were used during the revolutionary war.   At least four chapters, two in the Houston area, one in the Austin area and one in the Dallas area have these programs.  They are presented to classrooms and also to other civic groups.    This program is well received in the schools.

 Grand Assembly of Flags

Colonial Life Program

At least one chapter maintains a trunk of clothing, foods, utensils, housewares, games and other period reproductions.   Presentations are given to class groups both fifth and seventh grade.   Most often these presentations are in coordination with Patriot Day or Spirit Day celebrations.   Many of the school districts sponsoring these Patriot Day or Spirit Days are doing so as part of the “Why America is Free” program produced by Values Through History.



Music of the Revolution

At least three chapters sponsor programs which instruct children on the use of music during the Revolutionary War.   The instruction includes a description of the training of the musicians, usually young boys, the types of songs used for each occasion and also some of the graver aspects of a musicians job during wartime.  At least one presentation is entitled, “The Fife as an Instrument of War.”

Researching with Disabled Vets

This educational program, Operation Ancestor Search, takes on a different audience, instead of children, the students are disabled  Instructors educate servicemen on researching their family histories.  Information on Youth Scholarship Contests and Education Programs can be found by visiting the Texas web  or contacting pres_electattxssar [dot] org


Grand Assembly of Flags
Salute to the flags

Washington State Outreach

Public Schools:

Number of Students: 989,087;

Schools: 2,389; 

Districts: 295

Curriculum: Washington State standards allow for living history topics for each grade.  In 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades, we present basic family & community life, Washington’s early life & the continental soldier.  18th Century American History is taught in the 4th & 5th grades.  The 6th – 8th Grades are open to more detailed history.   We find that direct contact with the classroom or social studies teacher is the best approach.  Geographical coverage of schools is limited to the locations of our presenters in our seven chapters.  Our WASSAR Color Guards made 40 uniformed presentations in the past 12 months.

“The History of Old Glory”

A summary or review of the Revolutionary War:  Fifteen colonial and revolutionary period flags and naval ensigns tell the story of our Country’s beginnings and the many battles & events from Lexington to Yorktown.  The finale shows how Betsy Ross convinced George Washington that she could make a perfect five-pointed star with “One cut of the scissors!” for our first official flag.  Four of our chapters, two in Western WA and two in Eastern WA have these programs.  They are presented to classrooms and also to other civic groups.   This program is well received.

“Colonial Life in America”

A “show-and-tel

l” of artifacts used by colonial men and women, boys and girls in their arduous daily life.  Includes how fire was started with the tinder box, a period lantern, how soap, candles, tea, were made, hog bristle toothbrush, etc.  We have four “Traveling Chests” in three different locations for use by chapters.  We show pre-and post-Revolutionary War life by students laying hands on each item of daily life. A very popular presentation for teachers and students.

“Day in the Life of a Continental Soldier”

The Regimental Uniform - Demonstration of the first American soldiers’ uniform and equipment – from the tri-corn hat to regimental coat, colors, waistcoat, breeches, officer’s sash, sword, buckled shoes, accoutrements.   The Militiaman – minuteman, ranger and flying camp and his equipment from the farmer’s hat to hunting frock, cartridge box, powder horn, bullet bag, canteen & haversack, “housewife”.  We also cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, why we fought the Revolution and the exceptional nature of American freedom & liberty in the world.


“Teenagers in the Revolution “

Stories taken from actual letters, journals and diaries of teenagers swept up in the chaotic times of the American Revolution.  Some joined regiments as fifers, drummers, soldiers, or went off to sea duty in privateer vessels.  Other young people were involved at home, defending their families against local Tories and British soldiers. Girls were involved too.  Deborah Samson even donned a uniform and secretly fought as a male soldier.  Other teens were spies and couriers.


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