December 2021 KAACHC Newsletter

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Season’s Greetings from Kennard Alumni Association!  Thank you to all who have supported, in any way, the mission of The Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center and Museum over this past year, considering all we have endured due to the COVID19 pandemic. We were blessed to reopen the center in June with our annual Juneteenth Celebration and the Smithsonian’s Voices and Votes exhibition.

Kennard was able to house several Summer Camp programs sponsored by the QAC Department of Recreation and the YMCA. For the second year in a row, we held an online version of our annual Kennard Gala event. Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this, our 14th Annual Dinner Dance Gala (converted to the Gala Raffle because of COVID19 Pandemic). With your help, we raised over $10,000! To those that contributed through ticket purchases, through raffle prizes, through the purchase of event sponsorships, and through your tireless efforts to plan, promote, and set up this event, we, the Gala Raffle Committee, humbly thank you.

The Institute for Adult Learning, a non-profit organization who provides learning experiences and social events for those ages 50+ in the Mid-Shore area, will hold a Showcase of Classes for the spring semester on Saturday, January 8, from 1-3pm pm here at the KAACHC.

The event will provide an overview of more than 30 courses that will be offered during the spring semester, which runs from February through mid-May, including history and current events, brain and body health, local environment and science, and art and culinary classes. All classes are held during the day, Monday through Friday, and range from a single session to eight sessions. The membership fee of $90 per person per semester entitles participants to sign up for an unlimited number of courses.

We are excited to be partnering with The Institute of Adult Learning (IAL) to host these classes at KAACHA.  Full schedules, membership, and registration details are available on both the KAACHC and IAL websites.

We hope that as you transition into the New Year, you will continue to support the programs and scholarship funding of the Kennard Alumni Association and the Kennard African American Cultural Heritage Center and Museum.

Good Health, Peace, and Blessings to all of you.
Clayton “Clay” Washington, President
Kennard Alumni Association, Inc.


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The CommUNITY Mentoring Program is looking for adults to mentor Queen Anne’s County youth. Make a difference in a young person’s life, just once a week for one hour. The program serves youth in grades 7-12 at risk of disconnection from school and community and youth ages 16-24 who are not in school nor working. The goal of the program is to improve and reestablish these connections while providing valuable resources to youth. Mentors do not need to live in Queen Anne’s County. The program will begin meeting in early 2022 at Kennard African American Cultural Center and Grasonville Community Center. Our young people need your support! If interested in mentoring or know a youth who could benefit from having a mentor, please contact the program coordinator, Yolanda Acree at


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