Chapter Activities and Projects

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Panamint Springs Chapter Activities and Projects

Scholarship

Annually, Panamint Springs Chapter awards a graduating high school senior with a $500 general scholarship. The recipient is presented with the monetary award and a certificate of award at the chapter’s annual meeting held in May.

DAR Service to Veterans

In October, chapter members participate in Ridgecrest’s Operation Stand Down. Men and women veterans are provided with scarves and hats knitted by chapter members, water, comfort kits, flags, and other patriotic items. Members knit scarves and helmet liners and collect beanie babies for Operation Gratitude. At Thanksgiving, several active duty military families from the Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake, are provided with the ingredients to make complete Thanksgiving dinners.

Literacy

Chapter members promote literacy in adults and children by collecting and donating new and gently used books for young readers and by volunteering their time tutoring both adults and children. Time is also spent volunteering in the classroom for English as a Second Language students.

Youth Activities

Chapter members make special presentations at all Ridgecrest area kindergarten classrooms. Each kindergarten student is presented with a Certificate of Achievement and an American flag for successfully demonstrating their ability to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. Campbell Soup Labels for Education and Box Tops for Education are collected and sent to DAR sponsored schools.

Conservation

Members collect spare pennies for the Penny Pines Program. The moneys raised are used to help re-forest land devastated by wildfire. The cost to re-plant one acre of land is $68.00.