CAF Red Tail Squadron Expands Offering for Educators in Celebration of Black History Month

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To celebrate the Tuskegee Airmen’s contribution to our country, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Red Tail Squadron unveiled a new “Resources for educators” area of their website in honor of Black History Month that features a free downloadable RISE ABOVE Resource Kit for teachers and youth leaders. The materials and activities can be used to enhance lessons about the Tuskegee Airmen and fuel participation in the Squadron’s Black History Month essay contest, going on now until February 28.

Find the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s resources for educators at http://www.redtail.org/rise-red-tail/rise-resource-kit/.

In an effort to bolster their educational outreach efforts and impact more students with the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen, the CAF Red Tail Squadron has made their resources easily accessible to all. They are also offering supporting materials such as books, classroom posters and dog tags featuring the Squadron’s Six Guiding Principles at more affordable price points.

After learning about the Tuskegee Airmen from the RISE ABOVE Resource Kit, teachers and youth leaders are encouraged to have their students participate in the Squadron’s 2017 Black History Month essay contest. This fun way to learn about the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen will give students the chance to put into action what they have learned about the importance of education, training and especially determination, based on the Tuskegee Airmen’s example of overcoming adversity. The contest will be a lesson both in inspiration and finding the motivation to achieve. Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winners in three age categories.

“We were founded on the vision to bring the history of the Tuskegee Airmen into every classroom in America, and the addition of these resources to our website speaks to that effort,” said LaVone Kay, marketing director for the CAF Red Tail Squadron. “We wanted to do something that would help put our tools directly into the hands of more teachers and make it easier to integrate the inspirational history of the Tuskegee Airmen into lesson plans. I encourage anyone that works with students to take advantage of these free and affordable resources.”

About the CAF Red Tail Squadron

The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel. RISE ABOVE: Red Tail, their three-fold outreach program, includes a fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film “Rise Above”; and resource materials for teachers and youth leaders. Each year, they embark on a nine-month cross-country tour that includes appearances at air shows, schools, museums and community events. The group’s Six Guiding Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Learn more at www.redtail.org.

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