Resolution J2226-2013

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

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 6, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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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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