Two awarded at Ken­nard gala

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — The Ken­nard High School Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion held its 10th an­nual Din­ner Dance Gala Sat­ur­day, Nov. 11, in the re­stored for­mer school build­ing for the sec­ond year in a row.

The work in restor­ing the build­ing was nearly com­plete last year. How­ever, the for­mal ded­i­ca­tion of the build­ing has yet to hap­pen. It is planned to take place some­time in 2018.

Af­ter a decade of ef­forts by for­mer alumni of the for­mer African-Amer­i­can high school in Queen Anne’s County, fundrais­ing to have the school build­ing re­stored and turned into the Ken­nard High School Cul­tural Her­itage Cen­ter and African Amer­i­can His­tory Mu­seum es­sen­tially has been com­pleted.

The mu­seum ef­fort has been led by Ken­nard alum­nus Clay­ton Wash­ing­ton, who has served as pres­i­dent of the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion for the past decade.

Fol­low­ing din­ner by He­len Todd Catering of Centreville, Wash­ing­ton pre­sented two awards. First, Mary Walker of Stevensvlle was pre­sented the Lar­rie F. Jones Help­ing Hands Award for her un­end­ing ser­vice to the pub­lic, espe­cially the chil­dren of the county. The Jones award was cre­ated many years ago in honor of the late Lar­rie Jones, the only prin­ci­pal Ken­nard High School ever had. Walker has been in­stru­men­tal as one of the lead­ers of the con­tin­u­ing se­ries of “Sun­day Sup­per” dis­cus­sions about im­prov­ing race re­la­tions in the county.

A sec­ond award was pre­sented from the Ken­nard Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion to Kia Reed of Centreville for what Wash­ing­ton called “her end­less vol­un­teer­ing to make im­prove­ments wher­ever she can.” Reed vol­un­teered to be ac­tiv­i­ties co­or­di­na­tor for the alumni as­so­ci­a­tion and spear­headed two events at the cul­tural cen­ter this past year — a her­itage pro­gram in Fe­bru­ary and the June­teenth pro­gram in June.

Wash­ing­ton con­cluded the for­mal pro­gram read­ing the names of the win­ners of the silent auc­tion items, and the re­main­der of the evening was ded­i­cated to danc­ing. Mu­sic for the evening was pro­vided by “Mys­tery DJ” Mau­rice Wright of Bar­clay.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Ken­nard High School Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Clay­ton Wash­ing­ton, left, presents com­mu­nity ac­tivist Mary Walker with the Lar­rie F. Jones Help­ing Hands Award, Sat­ur­day evening, Nov. 11.

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