I got this email recently, if any of my social studies friends are interested!!! I still need to see the film, but this looks to be a great opportunity!

Dear Mr. Masyada,

I’m Jackie Bazan, and I run a new, free website for educators to obtain materials for classroom use free of charge. The platform is BazanED.com.It’s free for educators to join and everything we have available is completely free – even shipping for those items that will be shipped….

We have been coordinating the education outreach for the motion picture SELMA, and offered a number of great assets relating to it. One of those assets are the free tickets for students in your community to go see the film in the theater. It is an effort coordinated through Paramount Pictures and made possible courtesy of local businesses and individuals in your community to support students in their community.

We still have a large number of free tickets available in ORLANDO, and I’m hoping you will be interested in helping to get the word out there about it. We’d really love for students to be able to experience this film in the theatre. Many of the students I have personally encountered during this campaign have spoken very thoughtfully about how the film impacted them.

The theatres where students can see the film are:
AMC ALTAMONTE MALL 18
AMC WEST OAKS 14
CARMIKE AVENUE 16
CINEMARK ARTEGON MARKETPLACE
REGAL HOLLYWOOD STADIUM 16 & IMAX
REGAL THE LOOP STADIUM 16 & RPX
REGAL PAVILION STADIUM 14 & RPX
REGAL WATERFORD LAKES STADIUM 20 & IMAX
REGAL WINTER PARK VILLAGE STADIUM 20 & RPX

Instructions on how to get them can be found at:
http://selmastudenttickets.com/

We are further supporting our educators nationwide by providing a free downloadable 72-page Curriculum Guide on the history of Voting Rights in America, the Selma Marches and Dr. King. I have attached a copy for easy reference. The Guide meets Common Core State Standards, and features 11 Interdisciplinary lesson plans in History, English Language Arts, Geography, Art and Applied Mathematics. We also supplement with video clips, photographs, and printed materials including background and posters, plus a discussion guide for students to take home to discuss with their families. We will be uploading additional video over the weekend including 3 topic oriented video packages (Intellect and Non-Violence, Women in the Movement, and LBJ) as well as 12 video-driven lesson prompt packages. Video can be downloaded by the educator or streamed directly through our site onto their classroom smart boards.

The 50th Anniversary of the Marches is right around the corner and we want every educator possible to know these free resources are available at BazanED.com and be able to make use of these free tickets.

We are also encouraging schools to consider having their students stand in silence and bow their heads for a moment of honor and reflection of the Marchers, on March 6th, the day before the 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately, the actual anniversary is on a Saturday, so, Friday will be the best thing. This can certainly be accomplished in the morning during announcements. In addition, I would also love encouragement for schools to engage in an activity or a lesson that day about the Selma Marches and the plight for Voting Rights in America to underscore the need for every student in America to understand the importance of this moment in time.

Lastly, in April, we are planning to invite some schools to send a “Student Delegate” to the United Nations, representing their school, to watch the film with 500 UN Delegates and participate in a Q&A with the filmmaker, have a great photo-opp with the director, and awarded certificates. These schools will primarily be in states close to the UN, but it’s an example of the types of unique experiences we are working to provide students across the nation. We also held Professional Development advanced screenings of the film for educators in 44 cities in early January.

It has really been a wonderful and impactful campaign, and, for us at BazanED, it’s important to continue to teach this lesson. I hope you will be able to support us as we work to get more students in to see this film.

Thank you! And I look forward to hearing back. You can reach me via this email or at 201-240-0780.

Warm regards,

Jackie Bazan (jbazan@bazanpr.com)

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