Who is Free to Be?
Free to Be is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which presents free assembly programs to middle schools and high schools across the nation - about America, Freedom, Education, Opportunity and Patriotism - and about not taking our freedom and all its benefits for granted.

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For decades America's young people have taken their country, their freedom and their way of life for granted. If this continues they are destined to lose it all... Free to Be solves this critical problem. We tackle it head-on, school by school. We go directly into the schools, in person, eye to eye and heart to heart with the students - and their teachers - with the message that matters... the most important class of their lives.

Through a powerful, interactive, non-political presentation — in a live assembly venue Free to Be challenges and inspires students to truly cherish their AMERICA, to get their education, and to be interested, informed, involved citizens who will elect our leaders and be our leaders.
Free to Be is non-political, has no hidden agenda, exudes diversity, and is free to the schools.

97% of teens who experience Free to Be confirm - admit - that Free to Be changed their thinking, behavior, goals, or life. Imagine 97% of America's 25,997,875 middle and high school students acquiring respect, pride and love for America and the freedom, education, opportunity, and hope she affords us all!  Then, four years later, imagine the next 25 million learning this essential life lesson, then the next and the next... this is our quest... for the country, for the young people who will soon inherit it, for us all.

We are striving to save a great nation... a special nation. Someone must. We found the avenue to the young people! Therein lies the answer. But we need help. If you have benefited from the hope, opportunity, education, and freedom that comes with being an American, you can be a very direct part of this quest to preserve and protect America's future.  The young people who will soon manage and govern this great nation must have a solid footing in our historic legacy of freedom and patriotism if America is to continue to be the beacon of hope to the world.
Click here to view the Education Pays Graph  we are showing the kids. It is the dramatic median incomes of full time employed Americans. It will surprise you also. Students are persuaded to reconsider dropping out of school after experiencing Free to Be.

Compelling information! (Education Pays Graph)  
 **Play below video**
(Actual video we show the students )

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Young Free to Be supporters
with Bob Lucas, WWII veteran

Jackson Tooker, Bob Lucas & Landon Floyd
then and now

St. Cecilia Catholic School
Veterans Day
Assembly Pictures

Paul Merriman, WWII - Iwo Jima Purple Heart recipient

Paul brought his WWII memorabilia

Northern California Tour
Assembly Pictures
(click on underlined school)

Fortuna High School with Stan Howe, WWII veteran

Fortuna High 9th grade
Fortuna High 10th grade 
Fortuna High 11th grade
Fortuna High 12th grade

Smith River School with Jack McCutcheon, WWII veteran 
 K-8th grades

Smith River School 

Redwood Middle School with Jack McCutcheon, WWII veteran
 6-8th grades
Redwood Middle School

Burnt Ranch School with Frank Garcia, WWII veteran
March 5, 2015 4-8th grades

Burnt Ranch School

Hoopa High School with Bill Carpenter, Korean War veteran
 9-12th grades
Hoopa High School

Hayfork Middle School 4-8th grades 
Hayfork Middle School

Southern Trinity School 6-12th grades 
Southern Trinity School

Veterans Day 
Assembly Pictures

North Zulch -  with WWII veteran Norman Woodruff
Harmony Academy -  with WWIl veteran C.B. Perdue
Rancho Santa Fe, CA -  with WWII veteran Norman Maxwell


Assembly pictures

Harvard High School- with WWII veteran Lester Ljunggren
                                     and Wendy Salyers Pollard, Harvard Alumni

Gering High School -  with WWII veteran Al Reiber
Gering Jr High School -  with WWII veteran Al Reiber
Mitchell Jr/Sr High School
-  with WWII veteran Al Reiber
Bluffs Middle School -  with WWII veteran Al Reiber
Scottsbluff Sr High-  with WWII veterans L.G. Wilder & Al Reiber

Russ O'Meara, Larry Tooker, Charle Walje and Arnold Debrick in Paola, KS

Paola Middle School, (Kansas) meeting the veterans

Arnold Debrick, Jenifer Tooker, Charlie Walje

Bradley Smith at Osawatomie School (Kansas)

Greg Demko at Grand Saline, TX displaying artillery

Wes Hays receives a standing ovation !

Iwo Jima survivors at 67th reunion in San Antonio

Paul Merriman, Iwo Jima Purple Heart at 
67th Survivors Reunion 

We will miss you sweet Marty.
You continue to tour with Free to Be...
your legacy will never be forgotten.

Martin "Marty" Ritchey Sidener
Feb 1, 1925 - Feb 7, 2015
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Fairview, TX  214-733-8787