Disney, partners to give away copies of 'Lincoln' to nation's high school, middle school students

Disney Education Productions announced on Tuesday, Feb. 12, that the studio will be giving away copies of the movie "Lincoln," starring Daniel Day Lewis, to all high school and middle school students across the United States.

The donation is being given by the partnership of Disney, Participant Media, DreamWorks Pictures and Fox/Newscorp. Students will receive copies when the movie comes out on DVD.

The announcement, which took place on Lincoln's birthday, Feb. 12, also revealed that the gift will mark the beginning of a new campaign called "Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln." The DVD will also come with a teaching guide.

Steven Spielberg, the director of the movie – which has been nominated for 12 Academy Awards – said in a statement that he has been approached and asked in letters by teachers to use the movie in their classrooms. The film documents Lincoln's final months in office during the Civil War.

It is estimated by the U.S. Department of Education that there are 26,407 public and 10,693 private high schools in the United States. The number of middle schools was not available.

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