February 13, 2020
by Kelly Dykes
Riversprings Middle School AVID students recently visited Florida State University
to see the “Rise Above: Red Tail Triumph Over Adversity” exhibit about the Tuskegee Airmen.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the U.S. Army Air Corps (AAC), a forerunner of the U.S. Air Force. Trained at the Tuskegee Army Air Field in Alabama, they flew more than 15,000 individual missions in Europe and North Africa during World War II.
They included pilots, navigators, bombardiers, maintenance and support staff, instructors, and all the personnel who kept the planes in the air.
RMS students also saw a B51-P bomber.
Students will be doing a follow-up letter to Charles McGee, the oldest Tuskegee Airman, to thank him for sharing the story. He was not there, but he was featured in the film that they saw.
They also experienced college dining at FSU, since making college trips is part of the AVID program.
AVID Site Team Coordinator and AVID teacher Kelly Dykes and 6th-grade teacher Susan Lassiter chaperoned the trip.
AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system for elementary through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance.
RMS is a National Demonstration AVID School, where other school personnel visit to view their school-wide AVID program and attend AVID trainings.