Mildred Brunson retires after dedicating 39 years teaching kids at Hallie Q. Brown

mildred3 croppedHallie Q. Brown Community Center announced the retirement of long time community youth educator, Mildred Brunson.

Since 1976 Brunson has spent her days teaching kids in Hallie Q. Brown Community Center’s Youth Enrichment Program everything from ABC’s and 123’s to how to hook bait on a fishing rod for their first trips into wilderness and out of the inner city.

“Some of the kids say they have fished before but they have not cast a line in their life. I have great memories of kids catching a fish for the first time and if you could see the way their face lights up,” said Brunson.

After 39 years helping to bridge the education opportunity gap for youth and provide enriching experiences, it is Brunson’s turn to go fishing.

“Mildred has been so integral to the identity and excellence of Hallie Q. Brown,” said Jonathan Palmer, executive director of Hallie Q. Brown. “We often joke about calling ourselves the Millie Center. (During the annual Rondo Days parade) we get more people shouting Mildred’s name than the Center’s.

In honor of Brunson’s service to youth, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center is launching a campaign to raise $10,000 to establish a Millie B. scholarship endowment. The scholarship will provide a stipend to low-income families participating in education programs at Hallie Q. Brown Community Center.

A celebration of Brunson’s service and dedication to Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will be held Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 4-6 p.m at 270 N. Kent St., St. Paul.

Founded in 1929, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, Inc. is an African-American, nonprofit social service agency providing programming in early childhood education, after school and summer enrichment, basic needs and senior services.

August 3, 2015
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