Lower School Students Visit Tuskegee, Alabama During Virtual Field Trip
On Thursday, February 25, the Lower School celebrated BHM with a virtual field trip to Tuskegee, Alabama during which students learned about the achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen and the history of the Tuskegee Institute where they did their training. The Tuskegee Airmen worked to reach their full potential as the first African American pilots in the U. S. Army Air Corps during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen included 1000 pilots and over 15,000 support staff of men and women of diverse backgrounds. Their leadership, honor, and courage inspired the Armed Forces to reform their previous policies of segregation. The students made direct connections between the Tuskegee Airmen, the Tuskegee Institute and the Gerstell Academy Leadership Principles and Attributes. As souvenirs of the trip, students will receive a badge from the National Park Service and a Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site Quarter, the last in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program. The Lower School expresses much appreciation to Dr. Kinard, Mr. Ron Grissom, Ranger Chad, and Ranger Maria of the Tuskegee Airmen and Tuskegee Institute National Historic Sites; Mrs. Vedet Coleman-Robinson, executive director of the Association of African American Museums and Lower School parent; and Mrs. Staub, Lower School Science Leader for coordinating, facilitating, and leading this informative experience for our children!