Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
Emily Elston, a junior at Hylton High School, recently presided over the statewide conference of the Virginia Children of the American Revolution. Elston, who currently serves as the Virginia C.A.R. president, led the business sessions and the election of officers for 2018-2019.
Elston also provided leadership for the Virginia C.A.R. state project, which was to raise funds for the replacement of the steps and stair rails at the southwest entrance of the 1774 Pohick Church building in Lorton, which is a Virginia landmark and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Members sold pins and t-shirts, spoke at meetings of other organizations, and solicited donations for the state project.
At the closing banquet, Elston announced that the members had raised more than $15,000, which, when a generous $12,500 matching gift is applied, will result in nearly $28,000 raised for the stairway-replacement project and new signage for the church’s Vestry House.
“I am so proud of all of the hard work of our 566 members throughout the state this past year,” Elston said. “Just as the boys and girls of 1776 played their part in the Revolution, we have once again shown that the young men and women of our own generation can and will serve our country and contribute to our local communities.”
Established in 1895, the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution is the oldest patriotic youth organization in the United States. Members are descendants of “a man or woman who, with unfailing loyalty, rendered material aid to the cause of American Independence as a soldier, sailor, civil officer, or recognized patriot in one of the several Colonies or States, or of the United States” from 1774 to 1783.