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JMAA Donates Tuskegee Airmen Books to Johnson Elementary Third Graders

April 6, 2021

JMAA Wright, Kyles, Johnson, G. Johnson, Stinton, Faulkner
Participating in the presentation of books to Johnson Elementary third grade students are (from left) Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright and Michelle Kyle of Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Principal Guyniesha Johnson and teacher Barquita Stanton of Johnson Elementary, and Thea Faulkner of JPS Partners In Education.

In March, leaders from the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) participated in a virtual read-aloud with Ms. Barquita Stanton's third-grade class at Johnson Elementary. Their chosen title was "Who Were the Tuskegee Airmen?" by Sherri L. Smith. Working in collaboration with the Office of Partners In Education, JMAA, joined the Districtwide observance of Read Across America, the annual reading initiative of the National Education Association. This year's theme is "Celebrating a nation of diverse readers."

As a follow-up activity on Tuesday, March 30, JMAA Board Commissioner Lt. Col. (Ret.) Lucius Wright, Ed.D., officially presented the books to be distributed to the third-grade class that participated in the virtual reading event. He gave encouraging words to the Johnson Elementary principal for youth to learn and become interested in the opportunities within the aviation industry.

"I often say that if children become interested in aviation, they will change their lives forever, and every generation after," said Commissioner Wright. "We are happy to present these books to further their interest in aviation. Please accept these with the heartfelt thanks for all you do for the next generation of aviators."

As a part of Principal Guyniesha Johnson's action plan to support academic improvement, this community outreach initiative reinforces to scholars the benefits of reading to enhance learning while introducing the world of aviation to the community's youth.