Two awarded at Kennard gala
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.
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.