African American Heritage Month celebrated at SMS
SUDLERSVILLE — Students, parents and community members gathered together at Sudlersville Middle School on Friday evening, Feb. 24, for an African American Heritage Dinner Celebration. It was the fourth event held in collaboration with the SMS Parent Teacher Association, Judy Center Partnership of Queen Anne’s County, Sudlersville Elementary School PTA and community support.
SMS Principal Sean Kenna gave opening remarks to the filled gymnasium, “This celebration is the capstone of heritage month for both schools [SMS and SES].” Kenna along with SES Principal Kim Seidel thanked the many parents and students who also helped in making the evening successful. Students from the SMS Jazz Band performed several selections during the beginning of dinner. Students also volunteered to help provide dinner service from the buffet.
The Eagle Squad — students from SES — presented colors under the instruction of Den Leventhal. The SES Eagle Squad is the only elementary school drill team and color guard in the state of Mar yland.
Eric Daniels, SMS parent coordinator and master of ceremonies, introduced performers as they entertained throughout dinner. The Burke Family Singers, One Love Step and Dance Team, Chosen Generation, Anchor Praise and Sankofa African Dancers and Drummers offered traditional and modern dance and music.
“We must thank our leaders and educators,” said Daniels. “It does a lot for a child when we have the opportunity to work as a group.” As Daniels noted, the celebration of Heritage Month honors the contributions of Black Americans to American history, but, said Daniels, “We must also be mindful of those in our presence, setting the pace for us [now].”
Also in attendance for the evening’s celebration were Assistant Superintendent of Schools Janet Pauls, school board vice president Annette DiMaggio, school board member Sharyn Harlow, community liaison Ed Modell and Elaine Butler with Character Counts.
Sudlersville Elementary’s Eagle Squad presents colors.
The Sudlersville Middle School jazz ensemble plays for guests during dinner and the opening of Friday’s heritage celebration.
Anchor Praise team dancers perform a praise dance for the African American Heritage Month dinner and celebration at Sudlersville Middle School.
Dancers with One Love perform for guests attending the African American Heritage Month celebration on Friday, Feb. 24.
Sean Kenna, principal at Sudlersville Middle School, and board of education Vice President Annette DiMaggio welcome attendees to the annual dinner celebrating African American Heritage Month.