Shore United gives $2,000 to Kennard project
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.
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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.