Oh Say Can You Sing! Join the Largest Simultaneous Sing-A-Long of Our National Anthem

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The 9/12 Generation Project teaches students about "9/12" – the day the world came together to help the U.S heal after the terror attacks. This September 12, students nationwide are being asked to sing together at precisely the same time – coast to coast – in honor of 9/12 and the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.

On September 12, 2014, students are being asked to simultaneously sing the National Anthem. That request is being made by the 9/12 Generation Project, the educational division of the New York Says Thank You Foundation. Singing of the National Anthem begins at 1:00 p.m. EST and 10:00 a.m. PST.

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.

“Getting students involved in learning the words and meaning of our nation’s anthem, as well as teaching them to use their voices on the activist front, is key,” says M. Shannon Hernandez, professor and author. “When students come together to celebrate kindness, compassion, and citizenship, everyone wins.”

Mia Toschi, National Director of the 9/12 Generation Project, adds: “We’re hoping that on 9/12, we will see and hear the world come together just as we did on September 12, 2001. There has been a lot of “bad news” lately so perhaps this event can bring our nation together – even for a brief time.”

Students, 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.

“Whenever I hear the National Anthem I am reminded not only of our nation’s struggle for independence, but also the patriotism invoked by the Anthem’s words, ‘the land of the free and the home of the brave.' It fills me with great pride to know that on 9/12, students across this great country will simultaneously sing our National Anthem,” says Anne M. Byrne, President of the National School Boards Association.

"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.

Educators, students and parents are encouraged to go to the website, http://www.912generationproject.org to download free resources. Singing the song of democracy has taken enormous help. The 9/12 Generation Project wishes to thank the Cesar Chavez Foundation, White House Foods, Saint Anselm College, The National School Boards Association, Greg Bell and Athletes for Life, the New York Giants, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Author Chrissy Carew of Insightful Player, the Feal Good Foundation, the National PTA, KPMG, KPMG Foundation and WALNUT HILL MEDIA.

For more information on participating schools, contact MVT MEDIA. mvtmedia(at)live(dot)com 203-524-2422
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The 9/12 Generation Project is a national youth service-learning initiative whose mission is to inspire and educate middle and high school students with the positive lessons of humanity, kindness, and citizenship of 9/12 – the day after 9/11– when the Nation came together. The project’s goal is to activate these students in service-learning projects focused on community revitalization, disaster relief, and the arts and empower students to have a positive impact on communities beyond their economic means and geographic limitations while bringing to life the timeless and universal core values of citizenship that transforme

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