Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen

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Former Centennial Cultural Center (CCC) President Fern McKeithen dressed in old style clothing for a recent visit from Good Pine Middle fourth graders to the CCC. McKeithen told the students stories about traditions and daily life of the “old days” such as using a kerosene lamp, sharecropping, cooking over a wood-burning stove and about Mawmaw Nelly, her mother-in-law. Current CCC President Doug Hallmark (far left) cooked gingerbread over the stove with assistance from his daughter, Shawnda Pritt (center). “We’ve been doing the day of Mawmaw Nelly storytelling nearly a decade for area students but this is the first time we’ve had a group from Jena,” McKeithen said. “I love that the kids respond to it the way they do. We want to teach them to be thankful and to learn a good work ethic. Everything we do at the center has a purpose. My heart is for young people and this is all about them growing and making good decisions.”
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