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Cave Creek takes part in historical, simultaneous singing of National Anthem

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  • Julia Scotto/Cave Creek Unified School District

Star Spangled Banner

Students and teachers nationwide have made history this week. More than 200,000 students coast to coast will simultaneously sing the Star Spangled Banner at 10:00am PST – 1:00pm EST.

The request is made by the American Public Education Foundation (APEF) which is providing free, educational resources on the words, meaning, music and history of the National Anthem.

Cave Creek takes part in historical, simultaneous singing of National Anthem Star-Spangled-BannerThere are major events taking place around the country including Fort McHenry where the National Anthem was written. 1,500 students will gather at the fort which will also have a camera so classrooms can join in on the countdown to the event.

Desert Willow Elementary School in Cave Creek is participating in the event. Students will stand up in their classrooms and sing together at 10:00am. Press wishing to attend are advised to arrive 15 minutes early. 4322 E Desert Willow Pkwy W, Cave Creek, AZ

APEF President David Pickler says he is proud and overwhelmed by the response. “There were times this week that more than 10,000 people signed up in just one hour.”

Adds Mia Toschi, of Glen Rock, New Jersey, who founded the National Anthem Movement, “This is a simple – yet meaningful event that celebrates citizenship and provides teachers with an activity on 9/11.”

Below is a list of APEF’s National Partners for the National Anthem Movement. Please remember time zones. The event begins at 10:00am PST – 1:00pm EST.

  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH (500 students)
  • S. Senator Jack Reed – William D’Abate Elementary Providence, RI
  • New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm where Boston bombing survivor Denise Spenard will speak with students at the college Manchester, NH
  • Country singer Christi Baerle – Norman Binkley Elementary Nashville, TN
  • National Anthem Girl Janine Stange – Tapteal Elementary School West Richland, WA
  • Governor Spencer Cox – North Sampete High School Mt. Pleasant, UTAH
  • Fort McHenry – 1,500 students Baltimore, MD
  • Family of fallen Soldier Tim McGill will gather at Ramsey High School Ramsey, NJ
  • Flight 93 National Park – A small gathering of singers led by Jill Cueni-Cohen, author of Like It Was Yesterday, A Journalist’s Files Since 9/11
  • Hesperia Unified School District sent notices to all its’ teachers and smaller communities like LaPorte, Indiana encouraged all students to wear red, white and blue

Additionally, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) and Governor Bill Haslam (R-TN) both sent proclamations to the American Public Education Foundation recognizing their work in providing the free educational resources on 9/11. Minnesota’s U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN – D) also sent a letter to all students in her state explaining remembering 911 is so important. Every U.S. Senator and Governor was asked to participate.

Educators are encouraged to log on to where they will find a rich and full curriculum, created by Retired Principal Maria Basilko Davis, Med, which will provide lessons for social studies, geography, history, music and English teachers. Mrs. Davis’s school, Duncan Elementary, located on Fort Hood, Texas, received recognition as a National School of Character. She called it a “personal honor” to create these materials.”


Springboard Afterschool and Education Networks of America are official partners of APEF.

APEF is also an official program partner of the 9/11 Day Observance (

Information: Please contact MVT MEDIA at or 203-524-2422.