African Amer­i­can Her­itage Month cel­e­brated at SMS

Record Observer - - NEWS - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

PHO­TOS BY HAN­NAH COMBS

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.

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