Kennard Alumni Association

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Caretakers of the PAST, Guardians of the FUTURE

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Kennard Alumni Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 213

Centreville, MD 21617

443-239-2110

www.kennardalumni.com

kennardalumniassociation@gmail.com

                                                                       

 

KENNARD HIGH SCHOOL AFRICAN AMERICAN

CULTURAL HERITAGE CENTER

(Managed and Maintained by the Kennard Alumni Association, Inc.)

 

 

Our Mission

 

The mission of the Kennard alumni Association, a 501c3 nonprofit, is to provide a learning resource that models the history and culture of the African American community in Queen Anne’s County.  This learning resource will offer programs in education and cultural arts to all youth and adults of this and neighboring counties.  The Kennard alumni association will continue to provide scholarship funding for collegiate and technical training programs.

 

Our vision is to provide this resource through the creation of the “Kennard High School African American Cultural Heritage Center” and it’s “Classroom Museum”.  The restored high school and museum will provide a window into the rich history and heritage of African American culture on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.  The museum will replicate the school’s original science classroom and will be a permanent exhibit with text panels, recorded audio/video histories, and artifacts donated by former staff, students, and community.

 

Kennard’s History

 

In the late 1920’s to early 1930’s, led by the vision of Ms. Lucretia Kennard, the supervisor of “Colored Schools” in Queen Anne’s County, the African American community embarked on a journey to build the county’s first secondary school for African Americans.  A group of “Trustees” banded together to fund and purchase the land on which the school was to be built.  With the help of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education and President Roosevelt’s “Works Progress Administration”, work on the new high school began in 1935.  The school opened in fall of 1936.  The original building, which had no electricity, was equipped with very large windows to provide natural light.  The community then raised the funds, through a myriad of grass roots fundraising projects, to install electricity to the building several years later.  In 1947, a two story addition was added to expand classroom space and to accommodate the growing African American population in the county.

 

The old Kennard High school building continued to exist for secondary education until 1951, when a new brick school was built and it then became annex classrooms for the “new” school.  The original Kennard School was used until 1966 when the county’s school system was intergraded.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The old high school building, which was leased to the alumni association, for 99 years, by the County Commissioners in 1996, remained vacant for 40 years until restoration construction began in 2010.  In 2012 the Kennard Alumni Association purchased the property from the county, for $1, and is now its sole owner.  Upon completion of the restoration process, estimated 2014, the building will be renamed the “Kennard High School African American Cultural Heritage Center” (KHSAACHC) and programs will began.  It is estimated that over 2500 youth and adults will be served annually by the center’s programs.

 

Community Impact of the KHSAACHC

 

Our research has shown us that there is a fundamental need, especially in the upper county area, for after school programs targeting the “underserved” population of Queen Anne’s County.  This need especially impacts the African American and lower income population that cannot afford private enterprise programs for after school care, tutoring, cultural arts, and advance training skills.  There are few community center locations for meetings, social events, and resource referral.  We believe that the Kennard Cultural Heritage Center will address that need.  Our tutorial programs in “STEM” and language arts will further the opportunity for our target population to advance educationally, culturally, and economically.

 

Our Program Priorities

 

I.       Education

 

Youth

*Tutoring – English, Science, Math

*”STEM” Immersion (in conjunction with County High School program)

*Computer and Media Lab

*After School Care (with local Daycare Center)

*SAT Prep Class

*Mentoring and Internship opportunities

 

Adult

*English/Spanish Language Classes

*Adult Literacy and GED Classes

*Computer Education

*Education and Workforce Resource Center

 

II.    Culture and Arts

 

*Classroom Museum Tours (Public and Elementary Schools)

*Recorded Audio/Video Histories

*Music, Art, Drama, and Dance Classes

*Local and African American History Library

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. Recreation and Social Interaction

 

*Recreation and Game Room

*Vending and Study Area

*Weekly Exercise Classes

*Multi-Purpose Room for Meetings, Trainings, and Social Affairs (rentals)

*Prep and Warming Kitchen

*Youth and Adult Outings (Trips sponsored by KHSAACHC)

 

Conclusion

 

The Kennard High School African American Cultural Heritage Center (KHSAACHC) is poised to become a tremendous asset to the citizens of Queen Anne’s County by providing educational and cultural learning opportunities.  The center will also provide an additional community meeting place.

 

The KHSAACHC is committed to its mission of providing these resources to all, especially the minority and low income populations of our community.  We seek to offer scholarship assistance whenever possible so that everyone will have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential.

 

We are confident that this initiative will have a far reaching impact over time by helping to forge relationships that will last for lifetimes, all the while staying true to the heritage and history of those that helped to shape the future of this great county.  These programs will not only benefit those that the heritage center will serve, but also those that support its mission.  And for that we say “Thank You”!