To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns launched a national effort to encourage Americans to record themselves reading or reciting Abraham Lincoln's famous speech.
In response, AWHS English Teacher Kathleen Habel asked her junior American Literature Honor classes if they would be interested in doing a recitation of the Address. Inspired by watching Burns speak about his documentary, Habel’s classes immediately started memorzizing the famous speech.
“The special anniversary of this most stellar piece of writing came just as my classes began studying the literature of the 1800's. So many kids were interested in doing the recitation that I felt it would be lovely to involve as many voices at one time as possible to represent the ideal of the Address - a government of, for and by the people,” said Habel.
“I am very proud of my students. They practiced and recited The Gettysburg Address with a spirit of respect and gratitude for what that handful of words mean, words still profound and timeless today.”