All middle and high schools in the United States will soon be receiving DVDs of Steven Spielberg’s Oscar-hopeful Lincoln as part of Participant Media’s social action campaign “Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“As more and more people began to see the film, we received letters from teachers asking if it could be available in their classrooms,” Spielberg said in a statement. “We realized that the educational value that Lincoln could have was not only for the adult audiences—who have studied his life in history books—but for the young students in the classroom as well.”
Each DVD package will be accompanied by an educator’s guide to allow students to become more involved in the learning process. Additionally, on Feb. 12 (Lincoln’s birthday), eight U.S. towns who share the same name as our nation’s 16th president will see a screening of the film. In March, Participant Media will also bring the film to “underserved communities” throughout the country—equipping them with new audiovisual resources.
Lincoln heads into Oscar night with a leading 12 nominations. You can catch the awards show on ABC Feb. 24 at 8:30 p.m.