The Robert E. Ellis Middle School located on Indian Lake Road graciously accepted a framed print of President George Washington on March 27. Adam Cripps, who serves as Principal and Julie Fitzpatrick, who teaches history joined Lanetta Groves and Cornelia Pullins of the Gen. Jethro Sumner Chapter, DAR to accept the donation. The school, established in 1984 in the former Hendersonville High School, serves 660 students and teaches 6th-8th grades. Diane Crawford serves as Assistant Principal.
Ms. Groves who serves the Gen. Jethro Sumner Chapter as 2nd Vice Regent, stated that in his farewell address, President Washington stated, "Promote then as an object of primary importance institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge". Like President Washington, the Daughters of the American Revolution believe education is one of the cornerstones of our society. "We wish to thank our educators, who work tirelessly to make our communities better through educating our children and we donate this portrait in their honor", stated Ms. Groves.
The "Portrait Project" was begun several years ag by Mr. and Mrs. Roupen Gulbenk as a way to promote the study of history and to honor our first American President. Many copies of the portrait were given to individual chapters of Tennessee DAR to frame and place in local schools. If your school would like a copy of the portrait, please contact Sandra Long, Regent at firstname.lastname@example.org.