Shore United gives $2,000 to Ken­nard project

Record Observer - - Community - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

MARYDEL, DEL. — The Eastern Shore Blue­grass As­so­ci­a­tion will host a con­cert by The Tim­mons Fam­ily at the Marydel Fire­house on Fire­house Lane in Marydel, Del., on Sun­day, March 12. Ad­mis­sion is $15 for non-mem­bers, $10 for mem­bers. Doors open at noon with the mu­sic start­ing at 1 p.m. Food by the Marydel Fire Co. Aux­il­iary will be avail­able. For in­for­ma­tion, call Ann or Ed at 410-648-5366 or 609472-4288 on the day of the show.

STEVENSVILLE — Ven­dors are wanted for a spring yard sale March 18 at Kent Is­land Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 278. Ta­bles/spa­ces are $10 each. Call Faye at 410-604-6098 or the le­gion at 410-643-4696. Dead­line to sign up is March 17.

CENREVILLE — Prior to 2010, the old Ken­nard High School in Centreville hadn’t see ac­tiv­ity in 40 years. The first sec­ondary school for African Amer­i­cans in Queen Anne’s County was va­cant.

Through fundrais­ing ef­forts and money from grants, the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion, spear­headed by Pres­i­dent Clay­ton Wash­ing­ton, has re­vi­tal­ized the his­toric struc­ture over the past six years and has be­gun the trans­for­ma­tive process of turn­ing school back into an ed­u­ca­tion cen­ter for the com­mu­nity.

On Thurs­day, March 2, Bill Stoops and Ralph Twil­ley, vice pres­i­dents at Shore United Bank, pre­sented the as­so­ci­a­tion with $2,000 to aid in the build-out of the African Amer­i­can his­tory mu­seum within the old high school.

Stoops said be­fore Tal­bot Bank merged with Centreville Na­tional Bank in cre­at­ing Shore United Bank, CNB had been a con­tribut­ing spon­sor for var­i­ous fundrais­ing events.

Af­ter the two banks com­bined, Stoops said the sup­port to the Ken­nard High School African Amer­i­can Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter, as it’s called now, con­tin­ued.

With the school’s restora­tion com­pleted last sum­mer, Wash­ing­ton said the fo­cus of the as­so­ci­a­tion presently is to cre­ate pro­grams for area youth and adults. Though do­na­tions to­ward pay­ing off cap­i­tal debt are still de­sired, en­hanc­ing the mu­seum and beef­ing up pro­gram­ing are two of its main ob­jec­tives.

One pro­gram in the works is a sum­mer camp for stu­dents with spe­cial needs that will be hosted by the her­itage cen­ter from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily from June through Au­gust, Wash­ing­ton said.

A men­tor­ing pro­gram has been dis­cussed and is in the works. Wash­ing­ton hopes the men­tor­ing ini­tia­tive can be started with other like-minded groups through­out the county.

The Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion aims to of­fer youth and adult ed­u­ca­tion classes, cul­ture and arts cour­ses, pro­vide recre­ational and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion ar­eas and serve as a com­mu­nity gath­er­ing lo­ca­tion.

Cour­ses in STEM im­mer­sion, com­puter and me­dia lab as­sis­tance, SAT prepa­ra­tion, adult lit­er­acy and GED cour­ses are all po­ten­tial pro­grams the cen­ter aims to pro­vide, as well as be­ing a lo­ca­tion for com­mu­nity events to be held.

The orig­i­nal build­ing, con­structed in 1935, has made ma­jor head­way in re­gain­ing its for­mer look through the $2.5 mil­lion restora­tion ef­fort by the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion. In 2012, the as­so­ci­a­tion pur­chased the build­ing from the county for $1 af­ter it had pre­vi­ously been op­er­at­ing on a 99-year lease.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Ken­nard High School African Amer­i­can Her­itage Cen­ter, visit www.ken­nardalumni.com. In­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing events and how to do­nate can also be found on the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion Face­book page.

Fol­low Mike Davis on Twit­ter: @mike_k­ibay­times.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Shore United Bank Vice Pres­i­dents Ralph Twil­ley and Bill Stoops stopped by the Ken­nard High School African Amer­i­can Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter on Thurs­day, March 2, with a check aimed at fur­ther­ing the cen­ter’s pro­grams and mu­seum build-out. From left: Twil­ley, Deb­o­rah Brown, Clay­ton Wash­ing­ton, Stoops and Charles Nes­bitt.

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