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Students participate in “Oh say can you sing”

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Students from across the Guthrie school district participated in the national initiative “Oh Say Can You Sing”. last week In honor of the casualties associated with the terrorist attacks our country received on September 11, 2001, students nationwide paused to reflect on the act and sing our national anthem. 

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Guthrie Upper Elementary students from Amy Barrie’s 6th grade class sing The Star Spangled Banner to honor the United States and particularly the casualties from terrorist acts on September 11, 2001.

”It is hard for us as adults to comprehend the time that has passed since this act happened. Many of our students hadn’t been born yet and almost all were too young to understand the importance of the event when it happened,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson said in a press release.

“This patriotic gesture will add to the significance for our students and help them to properly place this event in time.“

On September 12, 2014, students were asked to simultaneously sing the National Anthem. That request was made by the 9/12 Generation Project, the educational division of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. Singing of the National Anthem beginning at noon.

The 9/12 Generation Project teaches students about compassion, kindness, diversity, citizenship, and volunteerism by focusing on “9/12” – the day after the terror attacks. The project  has helped to transform the worst day in modern American history by focusing on “9/12” – the day the world came together and when thousands of volunteers came to New York to help the city heal after the terror attacks.

Guthrie SchoolsStudents, parents and teachers can learn more about the National Anthem and the Flag by visiting The Star-Spangled Banner: The Flag That Inspired the National Anthem created by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American history by visiting, http://www.912generationproject.org. Toschi adds there are 500,000 students in the 9/12 Generation Project family of schools and believes that with the cooperation of key partners, there will be millions of students singing this September 12.

“Oklahomans have a unique insight to both the power of helping each other in times of need and the importance of service to their country,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi. “The idea of thousands of students across the country taking a moment to be thankful for their freedom and reflect on the meaning of September 11, 2001, is inspiring. This is a wonderful way to honor the ideals of our country.”

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 contains four verses and 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.

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