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Volunteers teach students African-American heritage

Students at Yokota East Elementary School listen as a volunteer reads selected stories to them Feb. 9 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. This was one of many events Yokota AB's African-American Heritage Committee planned for African-American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Segedy)

Students at Yokota East Elementary School listen as a volunteer reads selected stories to them Feb. 9 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. This was one of many events Yokota AB's African-American Heritage Committee planned for African-American Heritage Month. (U.S. Navy photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason Segedy)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan (AFNEWS) -- Volunteers are teaching students at base elementary schools here about African-American Heritage through books, and one fourth grade class was especially receptive to what their volunteer read.

"I think it's important we all learn about Black History Month since America is built on the foundation of freedom and democracy," Staff Sgt. Vincent Camacho said. "Black history plays an important role in that."

Many of the students were eager to learn about some of the people who shaped America's history.

"I thought the first book was kind of nice," said Keanna Peck, a fourth grader at Yokota East Elementary here. "It showed how Harriet Tubman brought slaves to freedom and how they used a train to remember Harriet Tubman."

"I looked up books on African-American heritage in general," said a Tysha Tolefree, reading program coordinator here. "I also looked at books that stress positive self-esteem, positive self-image, (and) a variety of topics."

The volunteers reading stories with those topics offered students a fun way to learn about African-American history.

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