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Arizona Society Sons of the American Revolution
State Public Schools Profile
Number of students
Number of schools
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:
www.azssar.org or arbyrdcomcast [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.
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.
NCSSAR OUTREACH PROGRAMS
• 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
• Tom & Betty Lawrence History Teacher Award Program
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.
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.
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
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.
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
TEXAS SAR PROGRAMS
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.
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 www.txssar.org or contacting pres_electtxssar [dot] org
Number of Students: 989,087;
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”
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.