James Racine receives prestigious award for community work
Congratulations to KCD orchestra director James Racine, who has been selected as one of 50 BMe Community Fellows across the country. BMe (Black Male Engagement) is an award-winning network of community-builders that recognizes black men who have made positive contributions to society and inspired us to be better together.
James will join other Fellows for a conference in Washington, DC, in May. Each Fellow is also awarded $10,000 to use for their community project.
Mr. Racine’s award recognized the work he has been doing with underprivileged children. Mr. Racine has worked with Metro United Way, AMPED, and Westec to give musical instruction, set up master classes, and give kids positive activities with clear benefits to their grades and success. For example, during ‘Books and Barbershop’ day, Mr. Racine partnered with a barbershop where young boys could come get a free haircut, have reading sessions, get to pick out a few free books, and enjoy a few musical performances.
In addition, Mr. Racine was a one of the headliners at WE Day Kentucky this year, performing for and talking to about 3,000 Kentucky students at Whitney Hall. The WE Day community is dedicated to engaging, inspiring, and empowering young people to participate in local and global acts of service, kindness, and compassion. Here is a short clip of his performance.
We are proud of Mr. Racine for representing our ideals of citizenship in the Louisville community and would like to congratulate him on this recognition of his leadership!
Kentucky Country Day School is a private JK–12, coeducational school located on a spacious 85-acre campus in Louisville, KY. KCD combines a rigorous academic program with a wide variety of athletic and extracurricular programs. Our outstanding faculty creates an intimate learning environment that is both challenging and supportive.