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Media Advisory: Kuumba Academy Charter School and Community Education Building Opens New School-Based Health Center Operated by ChristianaCare

WHAT: Celebration of the opening of a new school-based health center operated by ChristianaCare for Kuumba Academy Charter School at the Community Education Building, which provides an innovative learning environment for children from kindergarten through eighth grade.

WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday, May 6

Community Education Building
3rd floor library
1200 N. French St.
Wilmington, DE 19801


  • Several Kuumba Academy students will speak about health topics important to them.
  • Bettina Tweardy Riveros, J.D., chief health equity officer and senior vice president of Government Affairs and Community Engagement at ChristianaCare.
  • Rita Landgraf, Community Education Building board member.
  • Linda Jennings, chief executive officer at the Community Education Building.
  • Sally Maldonado, head of school at Kuumba Academy.
  • Ayanna Johnson, principal at Kuumba Academy.
  • Teri Riggs-Lyle, lead counselor at Kuumba Academy.
  • Salimata Linguer, passages instructor at Kuumba Academy.
  • Carol Moore, RN, school nurse at Kuumba Academy.


WHY: ChristianaCare school-based health centers were established to create easy access to high-quality health care for students in our community. The Kuumba Academy School-Based Health Center at the Community Education Building will provide comprehensive medical and behavioral health care and health education to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The launch of the Kuumba Academy School-Based Health Center at the Community Education Building has been made possible thanks to the Delaware Wraparound Services Initiative grant awarded to Kuumba Academy, which includes a partnership with the Community Education Building and ChristianaCare.

The event coincides with Better World Day, an annual, national event on May 6 that showcases student learning that contributes to a better world.


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About ChristianaCare
Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, ChristianaCare is one of the country’s most dynamic health care organizations, centered on improving health outcomes, making high-quality care more accessible and lowering health care costs. ChristianaCare includes an extensive network of primary care and outpatient services, home health care, urgent care centers, three hospitals (1,299 beds), a freestanding emergency department, a Level I trauma center and a Level III neonatal intensive care unit, a comprehensive stroke center and regional centers of excellence in heart and vascular care, cancer care and women’s health. It also includes the pioneering Gene Editing Institute.
ChristianaCare is nationally recognized as a great place to work, rated by Forbes as the 2nd best health system for diversity and inclusion, and the 29th best health system to work for in the United States, and by IDG Computerworld as one of the nation’s Best Places to Work in IT. ChristianaCare is rated by Healthgrades as one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals and continually ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek and other national quality ratings. ChristianaCare is a nonprofit teaching health system with more than 260 residents and fellows. With its groundbreaking Center for Virtual Health and a focus on population health and value-based care, ChristianaCare is shaping the future of health care.

About Kuumba Academy Charter School
Kuumba Academy Charter School’s mission is to provide an innovative learning environment for the whole child from kindergarten through eighth grade. Our directors, staff, and families share the core belief that parents are children’s primary educators. KACS parents, in partnership with teachers and administrators, believe that every child can maximize his or her learning potential given the opportunity to do so.
In response to the outcry from Wilmington parents looking for a high-quality public education and increased access to arts education for their children, Christina Cultural Arts Center leaders, parents, and community supporters took action and were granted a Department of Education charter to create Kuumba Academy Charter School (KACS) in 2001. KACS was the first school model in the state that partnered a public charter school with a nonprofit community organization.
Christina Cultural Arts Center (CCAC) and KACS form a unique nonprofit/public school partnership committed to educational excellence. Through the innovative union of academics, arts, technology, and family engagement, each KACS student’s individual learning style is nurtured—resulting in creative learners who are agents of positive change in the community.
The CCAC/KACS model is regarded by many as the single most significant achievement in Wilmington’s post public school desegregation history.

About the Community Education Building (CEB)
CEB was established in 2012 after Bank of America donated the former MBNA Bracebridge IV building to The Longwood Foundation. Living up to its commitment of increasing access to education, the Longwood Foundation created CEB as an independent entity, and transformed the space into an ecosystem to support the social, emotional, physical, and academic development of Wilmington’s youth.
CEB is an innovative co-location and shared services model. Focused on supporting the entire family, CEB offers vibrant programs and support systems that provide a sound foundation for each student. It serves as a hub for families by offering services such as healthy meals, life coaches, and mental health services. This model leads to deeper family engagement in their child’s learning and allows schools to focus on teaching and learning, not operations and overhead. CEB is an educational ecosystem that holistically integrates programs and resources for students and their families, ensuring that every student has an equitable opportunity to succeed.