"OH, Say Can You Sing" Students To Join A Nationwide Sing-a-long of The Star-Spangled Banner on September 11.
NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 11, 2015 students across the United States will come together for the National Anthem movement and simultaneously sing The Star Spangled Banner at 10:00am PST and 1:00pm EST. The request is made by the American Public Education Foundation (APEF) which will provide free, educational resources on the words, meaning, music and history of The Star Spangled Banner.
National educational partners participating in the annual event include Saint Anselm College and the Institute of Politics in New Hampshire, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and the Newseum in Washington DC.
"This event brings students together to celebrate citizenship and provides a meaningful activity for teachers on 9/11," says Mia Toschi, Founder of the National Anthem Movement and APEF National Director of Strategic Partnerships.
The Star-Spangled Banner is a poem written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key as he watched British ships bombard Fort McHenry, Maryland, during the War of 1812. The song became the National Anthem by an act of Congress in 1931. Although it has four stanzas, the most commonly sung stanza is the first one.
A rich and full curriculum, created by Retired Principal Maria Basilko Davis, Med, will provide lessons for social studies, geography, history, music and English teachers. Mrs. Davis's school, Duncan Elementary, located on Fort Hood, Texas, received recognition as a National School of Character. She called it a "personal honor" to create these materials.
President of the American Public Education Foundation David Pickler adds, "It is with great pride that the American Public Education Foundation provides these materials to every school in the United States for free. It will be incredible to see students -- coast to coast - join together in unity."
Teachers are encouraged to visit theapef.org to download free resources and to sign up. This year's event concludes a year-long celebration commemorating the 200th birthday of the National Anthem. The foundation hopes to break the Guinness Book of World Records simultaneous sing-a-long. If the record is broken, an announcement will be made on September 14, 2015 -- the birthday of the National Anthem.
Springboard Afterschool is an official partner of APEF. APEF is also an official program partner of the 9/11 Day Observance (911day.org)
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SOURCE American Public Education Foundation