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Posted April 16, 2014

APS Partners with New Mexico PBS to Bring You 'The Address'

The Ken Burns documentary about President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address will air on Channel 5 at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

Albuquerque Public Schools is excited to partner with New Mexico PBS to bring you "The Address," a Ken Burns documentary about the Gettysburg Address that will air on Channel 5 at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15. The film centers on a small school in Putney, Vermont, where students are encouraged to memorize, practice and recite the Gettysburg Address. In its exploration of the school and its students -- boys ages 11-17 facing a range of complex learning differences -- the film unlocks the history, context and importance of President Lincoln’s most powerful address.

“President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is not only a powerful representation of the time in which the speech was given, but those words still hold immense meaning in our lives today," said Superintendent Winston Brooks. “I am happy that we can partner with New Mexico PBS to bring you this interesting film that will prove to be a great teaching tool in our classrooms."

The New Mexico PBS Learning Media site provides lessons on the Gettysburg Address designed for students. There is also a sneak peek to the film and other links that teachers can use in their classroom.

Watch Superintendent Winston Brooks and other New Mexico leaders take part in a reading of the Gettysburg Address.

Brooks is among a group of New Mexicans to recite the Gettysburg Address as part of the program's promotion. Others who participated in the reading include Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich and Gov. Susana Martinez. Other famous Americans -- including President Obama -- also participated in the reading of The Address.

Albuquerque Public Schools is a co-licensee of New Mexico PBS along with the University of New Mexico.

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