An arm of Disney will provide a free copy of Steven Spielberg's Academy-award nominated "Lincoln" to every middle and high school in the country when the film comes out on DVD, the entertainment giant announced Tuesday.
Disney Educational Productions said the gift to the nation's schools is in conjunction with the launching of a "social action campaign" they are calling "Stand Tall: Live Like Lincoln."
Along with the movie itself, Disney Educational will provide a teaching guide.
In a statement released by Disney, Spielberg said he received letters from teachers asking if they could use the film, which chronicles Lincoln's difficult final months in office and the final days of the Civil War, in classrooms.
The announcement came on the 16th president's actual birthday — all but forgotten since the merge with the anniversary of George Washington's birth into Presidents Day.