Steven Spielberg To Send Lincoln DVDs To Schools

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February 12, 2013 | 7:26am EST

Steven Spielberg is to send free copies of his historical drama Lincoln to schools so students can learn about President Abraham Lincoln.
DVDs will be distributed to every public and private middle and high school in the country as part of an educational outreach campaign called Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln, which urges youngsters to follow in the 16th president’s example.
A statement from Spielberg reads, “As more and more people began to see the film, we received letters from teachers asking if it could be available in their classrooms. We realized that the educational value that Lincoln could have was not only for the adult audiences – who have studied his life in history books – but for the young students in the classroom as well.”
In addition, studio bosses at Participant Media will host special screenings of the Oscars favorite in eight towns named after Lincoln. They will take place on Tuesday – the date of the president’s birthday.
Next month, 15 schools named in Lincoln’s honor will also be treated to new equipment, including widescreen TVs, Blu-ray and DVD players, projectors and speakers.