Children in the Southern Cayuga Central School District plan to dance to music, celebrate art and honor the memory of Anne Frank.
Anne Frank's story of hiding with her family in an Amsterdam attic from Nazi soldiers during World War II is the subject of "The Diary of Anne Frank," an inspiring story of perseverance in the face of adversity.
The school district was one of 11 U.S. sites to nurture an Anne Frank horse chestnut sapling, which is now in full-leaf, that was planted in June 2013.
In celebration of the tree's one-year anniversary an evening of events is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12, which is also the birthday of Anne Frank, in the auditorium at SCCS on Route 34B in Poplar Ridge, N.Y.
The celebration includes students dancing to the music of the Klezmer Kings Band, an art exhibit and a presentation of two service awards to community members. Remarks will be made by a representative from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s office. And featured speaker Rhonda Fink Whitman, a veteran television and radio personality will also speak. She is an award-winning screenwriter, longtime Jewish educator and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Her novel "94 Maidens" is the story of her mother’s courage and survival during the Nazi Occupation.