By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal
CORINTH – Junior Auxiliary Corinth this year honored as its 2013 Outstanding Citizen a woman whose life has exemplified community service and dedication to children.
Mary Dee Kemp was honored at Saturday’s Charity Ball, surrounded by family members and dozens of well-wishers.
Among the many reasons supporters gave to recognize Kemp are her 20 years as a teacher in the Alcorn County School District, as well as her founding of the First Presbyterian Day School in the 1970s. The lasting impact of her work is still influencing the lives of children and families for those who receive their earliest training in that program.
She also has mentored younger generations of teachers through her work with the Croft Institute at the University of Mississippi, through which she visited China to further and promote Asian studies in American schools, and former Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Kemp as a state educational task force member.
Kemp founded The Friendship Class in 1990 to provide special-needs adults with enrichment and recreational programs, a project she continues to lead.
Her more recent projects include helping to organize and revive the Corinth Home Tour and art auction to raise money for preservation of the historic Verandah Curlee House Museum.