Nada Jean Kerr

Nada Jean Kerr

ATHENS – The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (OVMoD) is pleased to announce the development of the Nada Jean Kerr Discovery Center through Literacy. The programming and exhibits supported within this center are made possible through a generous gift of $50,000 from Calista Kerr Strickmaker and Ronald Strickmaker and by the Nada Kerr Fund to Provide Books for Kids in Athens through the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.

The Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery is a hands-on discovery museum that provides educational STEM+Arts (STEAM) opportunities to families throughout southeast Ohio.

“When Ron and I learned about the Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery, it was important for us to get involved for the benefit of all children in our area,” Calista Kerr Strickmaker said in a news release. “We wanted to honor my mother, Nada Jean Kerr who was an elementary school teacher. Her motto was that once you become a good reader, you can become a great leader. She also believed being a good teacher was like holding a candle, helping to light the way. My mother, who was a hard driven, fun and funny lady was constantly ‘lighting the way’ while educating all people on all issues of life!”

OVMoD board member Grace Essex said, “It is no surprise that the Kerr/Strickmaker family has given us such a generous donation. They are lifelong members of our community and have always supported Athens and its endeavors. This is a beautiful way to remember Calista’s mother. With their generous donation, the establishment of a Discovery Center Through Literacy will provide a space for children to discover and enjoy books and literacy activities.”

Watch for Nada Jean Kerr Discovery Center through Literacy programming and announcements on the OVMoD website ( or social media.

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