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Buckley youths learn about women's history

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Col. Gianna Zeh, 460 Medical Group reads about Amelia Earhart to a classroom at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. “Today we wanted to read to the children and expose them to some historic female leaders of American history said Lt. Col. Gianna R. Zeh.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Lt. Col. Gianna Zeh, 460 Medical Group reads about Amelia Earhart to a classroom at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. “Today we wanted to read to the children and expose them to some historic female leaders of American history said Lt. Col. Gianna R. Zeh.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 2nd Lt. Jared Rutkovitz,460th Contracting Squadron, and 2nd Lt. John Jacob, 460th Force Support Squadron poses the children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Volunteers read to children to spread awareness about Women History Month(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 2nd Lt. Jared Rutkovitz,460th Contracting Squadron, and 2nd Lt. John Jacob, 460th Force Support Squadron poses the children at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Volunteers read to children to spread awareness about Women History Month(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 1st Lt. Jessica Gruver, 460th Mission Support Group, reads a book to a classroom at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Military members taught the children about many Historic women such as Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- 1st Lt. Jessica Gruver, 460th Mission Support Group, reads a book to a classroom at the Crested Butte Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Military members taught the children about many Historic women such as Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, Sacagawea. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- TSgt Frank Henderson, 460 Medical Group, reads about Rosa Parks to children at the A-Basin Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Sometimes we may not be able to take those field trips with our own children, we have the opportunity to come out and educate someone else's. Whenever this is the case, its always a good thing said TSgt Henderson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Tech. Sgt. Frank Henderson, 460th Medical Group, reads about Rosa Parks to children at the A-Basin Child Development Center February 1, 2011. Sometimes we may not be able to take those field trips with our own children, we have the opportunity to come out and educate someone else's. Whenever this is the case, its always a good thing said Sergeant Henderson. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Children at the A-Basin Child Development Center listens as TSgt Frank Henderson, 460 Medical Group teaches them about an influential women named Rosa Parks February 1, 2011.The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Children at the A-Basin Child Development Center listens as Tech. Sgt. Frank Henderson, 460th Medical Group teaches them about an influential women named Rosa Parks February 1, 2011.The public celebration of women's history in this country began in 1978 as "Women's History Week" in Sonoma County, California. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Paul Labbe.)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Service members of Team Buckley, along with volunteers, held a youth day that involved reading to children at the Child Development Center in support of Women's History Month, March 1.

The event comprised of different service members from all over Buckley coming together to help educate the youth about famous women in the past, and their accomplishments.

"Today we wanted to read to the children and expose them to some historic female leaders of American history," said Lt. Col. Gianna R. Zeh, 460th Medical Group. "Our goal was to take the seven pre-school classes at the A-Basin and Crested Butte CDCs and spend an hour reading to them, focusing on American females in history."

Team Buckley members took pride in being able to spend time out of their day to reach out to the children that help make up this community.

"It was a lot of fun to come out and read to the children," said 2nd Lt. Kala Westfall, 460th Medical Group. "It was entertaining to hear what everyone wanted to be when they grow up, and also to share with them what I do. I enjoyed explaining to them that if they follow their dreams they can be just as significant as our historical woman and men in the past."

However reading to children within a very young age group does not come without its challenges.

"Being that we read to four-year-olds, we had to adapt our reading for them," said Tech. Sgt. Frank M. Henderson. "Obviously younger children have a shorter attention span, so we had to be very animated and give more to them so that they can understand and take away the significance of the person that we are reading about. Overall I think it went really well."

"There are going to be more events in the future to show Buckley's appreciation for the historical woman in the past, and we urge all Airmen to participate," said Lieutenant Westfall.

"This is one of the things we have to do as Airmen," said Sergeant Henderson. "Even-though we are military men and women, we are also are mom and dads. Sometimes we may not be able to take those field trips with our own children, but we have the opportunity to come out and educate someone else's. Whenever this is the case, it's always a good thing."
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