J2226

Commending the Southern Cayuga Central School District upon the occasion of receiving an Anne Frank Horse Chestnut Tree sapling

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  • 06 / Jun / 2013
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 11 / Jun / 2013
    • ADOPTED

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J2226


LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION commending the Southern Cayuga Central School
District upon the occasion of receiving an Anne Frank Horse Chestnut
Tree sapling, in recognition of their commitment to social justice and
the promotion of freedom

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize and
commend institutions of true purpose and high achievement whose exem-
plary programs and accomplishments clearly demonstrate the pursuit of
excellence in education and service to the community; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to commend
the Southern Cayuga Central School District upon the occasion of receiv-
ing an Anne Frank Horse Chestnut Tree sapling, in recognition of their
commitment to social justice and the promotion of freedom; and
WHEREAS, The Southern Cayuga Central School Superintendent Patrick
Jensen worked together with the Anne Frank Tree Committee Members to
site the tree, integrate the siting into the school curriculum, raise
money for the occasion and conduct appropriate ceremonies commemorating
such an historic event; and
WHEREAS, Meghan Picciano, Sandra Groth, Cathy Mullarny, Dana Mandel,
Deb Lampman, Kellie Stiadle, Marilyn Mann, Phillip Donovan, and Bill
Zimpfer all served with distinction on the Anne Frank Tree Committee;
and
WHEREAS, The district's middle school, located in Poplar Ridge, New
York, about 15 miles south of Auburn, New York, received a sapling from
the horse chestnut tree outside Anne Frank's hiding place in Amsterdam,
now a museum; and
WHEREAS, The Southern Cayuga Central School District will commemorate
this significant honor with two ceremonies; one, for the students and
faculty of the district, which took place on April 12, 2013, and the
second, for the public, will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, Anne
Frank's Birthday; and
WHEREAS, Anne Frank and her diary exemplify, in many respects, the
horror of the Holocaust to generations; and
WHEREAS, During World War II, Anne Frank, a Jewish teenager, hid from
the Nazis in Amsterdam, Holland, for two years; during those years of
concealment, one of the things she could see from her window was a large
horse chestnut tree; and
WHEREAS, Anne Frank made several references to the chestnut tree in
her diary which she wrote 'provided me with hope'; and
WHEREAS, The Southern Cayuga Central School District's mission is to
educate and empower children so they recognize their ability as individ-
uals to use their thoughts, words and deeds to cultivate and promote
understanding; and
WHEREAS, The Anne Frank Tree will serve as a tangible symbol and
reminder of the impact each human being can have in creating positive
change, improving the quality of life for all members of our community
and society, and inspiring others; and
WHEREAS, President of the Cayuga Lake National Bank, G. William Ryan,
recently announced a $10,000 grant on behalf of the Bank for the land-
scaping, lighting, security and care for the Anne Frank Tree; and
WHEREAS, To the north of the Southern Cayuga Central School District
lies Fort Ontario that housed Jewish refugees during World War II; the
school is located near the homes of Harriet Tubman and William Seward,
both abolitionists who lived near Auburn; and

WHEREAS, Poplar Ridge, where the school is located, was strongly
influenced by Quakers who believed in the equality of all men and women;
and
WHEREAS, The Women's Hall of Fame is located in nearby Seneca Falls,
and the school district's elementary school is named after Miss Emily
Howland, who not only worked side by side with Elizabeth Cady Stanton
and Susan B. Anthony, but also founded many schools for freed blacks
and their children in the South; and
WHEREAS, It is the practice of this Legislative Body that when insti-
tutions of such noble aims and accomplishments are brought to our atten-
tion, they should be celebrated and recognized by all the citizens of
this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
commend the Southern Cayuga Central School District upon the occasion of
receiving an Anne Frank Horse Chestnut Tree sapling, in recognition of
their commitment to social justice and the promotion of freedom; and be
it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Southern Cayuga Central School District.

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