DALLAS – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron, America’s tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen, distributed 178 of its RISE ABOVE Resource Kits to schools in honor of Black History Month.
Schools in 39 states received the kits that are designed for teachers and youth leaders to educate students about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel.
The kit is based on the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s Six Guiding Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit, Expect to Win – bringing the lessons of the Tuskegee Airmen out of the history books into the lives of students.
It contains a collection of materials for classroom use that includes posters, a DVD, pocket-sized books, dog tags, children’s book and classroom activities.
The kits were delivered by the beginning of February so teachers could use the information in their lesson plans for Black History Month.
Students also had the opportunity to participate in a contest to put into action what they learned about the importance of education and determination, based on the Tuskegee Airmen’s example of overcoming adversity. Those who submitted essays were entered to win a Tuskegee Airmen memento from the CAF Red Tail Squadron.
The winners were Christelle Paul, Danny Rodriguez and Luis Lagos.