Who is Free to Be?Free to Be is the only non-political, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of its kind committed to inspiring patriotism in our young people. It encourages a sense of pride and involvement in the greatest nation on earth. Presented for free at middle and high schools coast to coast since 2006, the Free to Be assembly program consists of an award-winning video, interactive discussion, and local veteran guests. It's all about America, our home, and how lucky we are that it is; freedom - its value and its cost, and not taking it for granted; the importance of getting your education; the opportunity America provides to us all; and respect and love for our veterans and our country...patriotism. In America today could there be a more important message ?
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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 24,997,875 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.
Below are the graphs we show the kids. It is the dramatic median incomes of age 25 and older full time, employed Americans in 2018 from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It will surprise you also. Students are persuaded to reconsider dropping out of school after experiencing Free to Be.
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The actual video we show the students on our giant screen.
Young Free to Be supporters
with Bob Lucas, WWII veteran
Jackson Tooker, Bob Lucas & Landon Floyd
then and now
St. Cecilia Catholic School
Paul Merriman, WWII - Iwo Jima Purple Heart recipient
Paul brought his WWII memorabilia
St Cecilia students honored to meet Paul Merriman
Northern California Tour
Fortuna High School with Stan Howe, WWII veteran
Smith River School with Jack McCutcheon, WWII veteran
Redwood Middle School with Jack McCutcheon, WWII veteran
Burnt Ranch School with Frank Garcia, WWII veteran
Hoopa High School with Bill Carpenter, Korean War veteran
Hayfork Middle School 4-8th grades
Southern Trinity School 6-12th grades
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To Whom it May Concern,
In the following confusion that was my job, extra duties and life following your most excellent program at our school the Teacher Responses were lost and I am just now having the clarity of organization to write to you and send you our student responses. I apologize for this because your program was first rate. Feel free to use anything in the following paragraphs as my teacher response. As an 8th grade U.S. History Teacher I was profoundly moved by your presentation, especially the words of the Veterans. It is rare when in a Junior High auditorium filled with students that you can hear a pin drop, but you could when your program reached the point of discussing the sacrifices made by Veterans. IT WAS POWERFUL ! Secondly, these students need to know that while Freedom is not Free it is Priceless and can be lost if they don't get involved in issues, politics, and the government. Your program conveys that in a way that is easy for them to understand. I think every school in the United States should see this program from the big urban cities in the east to the plains of the mid-west, right to the beach front schools of the west coast. Every student and for that matter, teacher should see this program! Thank you for coming to Moore Central Junior High , and thank you for your presenter's professionalism and dedication to this country!
Brent Cory, Department Chairman - Moore Central Junior High