"Bee" first in line for a free ticket

In an effort to reward teachers at the end of the school year for their hard work and encourage them to see the inspirational education-themed movie, Akeelah and the Bee, AMC Entertainment and Lionsgate are offering every teacher in the United States one free ticket to the film, Friday, May 12, through Sunday, May 14, 2006. 

The offer is valid at all theatres in the AMC system including Loews, Star, and Magic Johnson theatres.

According to the studio, Akeelah and the Bee is the story of Akeelah Anderson (Keke Palmer), a precocious eleven-year-old girl from south Los Angeles with a gift for words. Despite the objections of her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), Akeelah enters various spelling contests, for which she is tutored by the forthright Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), her principal, Mr. Welch (Curtis Armstrong), and the proud residents of her neighborhood. Akeelah's aptitude earns her an opportunity to compete for a spot in the Scripps National Spelling Bee and, in turn, unites the neighborhood that witnesses the courage and inspiration of one amazing little girl.

Teachers need to present a valid school-issued identification card or pay-stub and photo identification card at the box office in order to receive a free admission to the film, according to studio.  Free admission to school teachers will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

NEA has partnered with the filmakers to offer the Akeelah and the Bee Reading Challenge. For more information, visit http://www.nea.org/readacross/index.html.