ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- Reading a text book sometimes just doesn't do it. For some students, they may need the real life experience in order to be able to connect the dots, which is why students at Baker Butler Elementary School got a visit from a cultural ambassador on Thursday.
"It's a way to increase literacy and also expose our children to some of the African American heritage they may not otherwise know about," said Beth Resh, a Baker Butler Elementary School teacher.
Retired Air Force Colonel Robert Gest III spent Thursday morning reading "Ron's Big Adventure" to a 5th grade class. It's the story of Ron McNair one of the first African American astronauts.
"I hope it gives them better appreciation for the achievements of the african american people and i just hope it makes them feel all around proud of being an american," said Gest.
Gest reads primarily African American focused literature while infusing his life experiences, growing up during the civil rights movement.
Gest visits the 5th grade class at Baker Butler once a month.
Ambassadors from all walks of life visit Albemarle County classrooms monthly, some focusing on Asian or Latino history.