On Friday, September 14, 2018, the University School of Jackson Lower School students participated in The National Anthem Project. Classes lined up by grade level as they faced the front of the school to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” for the 204th anniversary of the U.S. national anthem.
Members of the fifth-grade class spoke about the happenings of the Battle of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, which occurred September 13 -14, 1814, near Baltimore. This was where Francis Scott Key was when the battle ended, and he penned the famous poem we use today as our national anthem. The National Anthem Project, a nationwide initiative, began in 2005 with the goal to instill a stronger sense of patriotism in Americans by educating them on the words of the national anthem and its history.
“Our participation in this project is a wonderful way to teach our students about the circumstances surrounding Francis Scott Key's participation in the Battle of Fort McHenry with his writing of the poem,” says Lower School Music Teacher Elizabeth Atkins. “Teaching it from this perspective helps give meaning to the words of the anthem. We feel that the USJ Lower School is an excellent place to teach the anthem and to help instill a pride for our country.”
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