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Bellmore Students Participate in National Anthem Day

In recognition of “The National Anthem Project,” a campaign launched in 2005 to celebrate “The Star-Spangled Banner” and raise awareness of the importance of school music, students in Laura Laude’s music classes at Shore Road School in Bellmore participated in National Anthem Day on September 14th and 15th.

During the lesson, which utilized SMART Board technology, the students learned the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” beginning with the date it was originally written (1814) to the year of its official inauguration as the national anthem (1931). Additionally, the students participated in a play, “O’er the Ramparts,” in which they reenacted what occurred during the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; reviewed a Time magazine article that asked readers if the national anthem should be changed to a different patriotic song; and worked in small groups to assemble a puzzle of the song featuring only the melodic contour.

“The song is an important part of our history, and the students should be aware of the words and the history behind them,” said Ms. Laude.