Meghan Littlejohn

Annual Birthday Celebration June 12


The Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project will hold its Annual Celebration on Anne Frank’s Birthday Friday, June 12th at 7 p.m. at the Southern Cayuga High School Auditorium. The program will include Gospel Music by The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, keynote speaker Fabina Colon, Director of the Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center and the presentation of two Difference Maker Awards. Refreshments and a visit to the Anne Frank Tree Sapling (one of only 11 in the country) will follow the program. Southern Cayuga High School is located on Route 34 B in Poplar Ridge, NY.

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The Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project (SCAFTP) will host a birthday celebration in the high school auditorium onFriday, June 12, 2015, marking Anne Frank’s birthday and the second anniversary of the planting of the Anne Frank sapling at Southern Cayuga. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Admission is free and the public is warmly invited to attend.

The evening celebration will feature gospel music by The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee Singers, a keynote address by Fabina Colon, Director of the Ithaca Multicultural Resource Center and the presentation of Difference Maker awards to SCCS senior Emily Fedrizzi and faculty member Mary Ferro.

Dorothy Cotton, currently an Ithaca resident, was a leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960’s and a member of Martin Luther King Jr.’s inner circle. Among the positions she held she was education director of King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference and was with him in Memphis in 1967 when he was assassinated. The Dorothy Cotton Jubilee singers are associated with The Dorothy Cotton institute at Cornell University. The group continues to spread her message of freedom and hope to people around the world through music.

Southern Cayuga Community Read May 6th


The Southern Cayuga Community Read will take place on Wednesday, May 6th at 7 pm at the Emily Howland Elementary School Library. View the Community Read Flyer.

The book chosen this year is “A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School” by Carlotta Walls Lanier. The author was one of the “Little Rock Nine”.

Books are available at the Hazard Library on Route 34B in Poplar Ridge and the Aurora Free Library on Route 90.

The event is cosponsored by the Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project whose theme for the year is “Human Rights? Can One Person Make a Difference?”

For more information call Aurora Free Library at 364-8074 or Hazard Library at 364-7975.

Fundraiser purchases food by the ton for Southern Cayuga students in need

Thanks to a fundraiser to buy a ton of food, students in need at Southern Cayuga High School will have food available for months to come.

In the school, there is a room with cupboards filled with fruit cups, Rice Krispies, Easy Mac and other foods the average middle or high-schooler could handle preparing on their own. The food goes to students who need it, as part of a program started four years ago.

An effort — titled “Just $320 Buys a Ton of Food” — led by the Southern Cayuga Anne Frank Tree Project, Lifespan Therapies in King Ferry and Sunnyside Farms raised enough  funds to buy more than 14 tons of food, about $4,500. Enough money to keep the cupboards filled for months.

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Day wrapped in history marks the planting of long-awaited Anne Frank tree at Southern Cayuga school

As Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan spoke to Southern Cayuga Central School District students Wednesday, a small sapling sat on a table behind her.

When Lazan finished telling her story, sharing her past with the audience, the sapling was taken outside and planted in the school yard.

“This tree began in Holland and traveled to New York City on its journey and today it will finally be able to find its spot here with us,” said Southern Cayuga Superintendent Patrick Jensen. “Today, this tree finally has its roots planted in our community.” Read More!

Holocaust survivor shares story with Southern Cayuga students

A tiny, nondescript tree sapling sat on stage in the Southern Cayuga High School auditorium Monday morning.

The students bustling in were aware that a grand legacy lies within the sapling — that of Anne Frank, the Jewish teenager who hid with her family from the Nazis in an attic for more than two years before being discovered and taken to a concentration camp, where she died.

Frank had looked out her window while she hid and watched the seasons change on the leaves on a chestnut tree. That tree, in Amsterdam, had begun to die when saplings were taken from it and sent to various sites throughout the world. Read More!

Sapling from Anne Frank’s tree to grow in Southern Cayuga

A sapling grown from the tree that gave Anne Frank hope as she hid from the Nazis during World War II is coming to the Southern Cayuga Central Schools.

The district’s middle school, about 15 miles south of Auburn, is one of 11 locations nationwide that will receive a sapling from the horse chestnut tree that grows outside Frank’s hiding place in Amsterdam, now a museum.

“It’s very, very exciting,” Mary Kay Worth, superintendent of the Southern Cayuga Central Schools, said this morning.

The district has not received an official phone call announcing the award, but its name appears as one of the winners on the Anne Frank Center USA web site this morning. Read More!