Sun Prairie Mayor Paul Esser presented a record seven proclamations during Tuesday night’s Sun Prairie City Council meeting — celebrating a wide range of people and events, from the WIAA Division 1 Semifinal Champion Sun Prairie Boys Basketball Team to Poppy Days. The Sun Prairie High School Varsity Boys Basketball Team and AP Coach of the Year Jeff Boos received the proclamation from Esser after District 1 Alder Steve Stocker thanked the parents of the players for their sacrifice and commitment to hard work that translated into an effort the community of Sun Prairie is proud of.
The proclamation notes the 2018-2019 Sun Prairie Boys Basketball Team, despite heavy graduation losses resulting in no returning starters, combined with a season filled with injuries, player absences and an often-changing lineup, were still able to culminate a 21-7 record for the season, and recounts the team becoming Regional Champions by defeating Verona 50-38 and Madison Memorial 61-59.
The proclamation also notes the team became Sectional Champions, defeating Racine Horlick 73-49, and Madison La Follette 66-53; and became Semi Final Champions, defeating West Allis Central 62-60 in overtime. The proclamation also celebrates Coach Jeff Boos being honored as AP Coach of the Year.
“WHEREAS, only two teams out of seventy-two invited Division 1 teams make it to the State Tournament finals, where the Sun Prairie Boys Basketball team became tournament finalists for the first time in Sun Prairie history, and representing our community in an exemplary manner. NOW THEREFORE, I, Paul Esser, Mayor of the City of Sun Prairie, do hereby offer the highest congratulations to the 2018-2019 Sun Prairie Boys Basketball Team members and coaches for this distinguished accomplishment of being the first team from our City to make it to the State Tournament Finals, and making the City of Sun Prairie very proud,” the proclamation reads.
Poppy Days, or more specifically American Legion Auxiliary Unit 333 Poppy Days, is undertaken each year around Memorial Day, when Auxiliary volunteers distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program provides multiple benefits to the veterans and the community. Volunteers from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 333 distributed poppies to the council and members of the audience in exchange for donations.
In the document, Esser proclaims May 16 – 18, 2019 as American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Days and asks that “all citizens pay tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom by wearing the Memorial Poppy on these days.” Volunteers will be available at Sun Prairie Pick’n Save stores and Cabela’s on those days to collect donations in exchange for poppies.
Stand Up to Bullying Month was celebrated by presentation of a proclamation to the Sun Prairie Kicks Unlimited martial arts studio. According to the proclamation, over 200 million kids around the world are being bullied by their peers, and 77 percent of students admit to being bullied but only 20 percent report it. More than 160,000 kids skip school daily for fear of being bullied.
The proclamation encourages all citizens to take a community pledge to Stand Up to Bullying when it happens to you or see it happening to another; to include others and make them feel welcome and valued; to treat everyone with respect and kindness regardless of looks, beliefs or behavior; to think before you speak, act, text, post or video something and ask if it’s hurtful or helpful; and encourage family, friends and others to Stand Up to Bullying. The presentation also included Landon Oppenheimer, who circulated a clipboard seeking signatures for audience members to Stand Up to Bullying.
Esser proclaimed May 5-11 as Municipal Clerks Week in Sun Prairie. The proclamation, presented to City Clerk Elena Hilby, celebrates the role of municipal clerks who provide “the professional link between the citizens, the local governing bodies and agencies of government at other levels.”
Municipal clerks, the proclamation reads, “continually strive to improve the administration of the affairs of the Office of the Municipal Clerk through participation in education programs, seminars, workshops and the annual meetings of their state, province, country and international professional organizations.”
Sun Prairie Spring Clean Day received a proclamation due to the efforts of the Sun Prairie Nursery School. Esser’s proclamation states the Sun Prairie Nursery School will commence a community Spring Cleaning event including Paint Recycling with Earth Paint and Junk Removal from J-Dog Junk Removal, and recognizes May 18th, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. as Sun Prairie Spring Clean Day.
The proclamation “calls upon all citizens in this community to create a culture of recycling, cleanliness, and care for their community both locally and beyond with this event and invite citizens to perform their spring cleaning with the help of the Sun Prairie Nursery School and the fine vendors that support them.”
A representative from Sun Prairie Nursery School explained the school’s involvement in remarks made to the council after the presentation of the proclamation.
Retiring City Assessor Deb Mason received her own proclamation from Esser. The proclamation thanked Mason for her 17 years of service to the City of Sun Prairie. Mason was hired by the City of Sun Prairie on June 24, 2002, as a property appraiser in the City Assessor’s office and through her work as a conscientious and dedicated employee rose to the position of City Assessor in 2008.
As a city employee, Mason was instrumental in developing and managing the Sharing and Caring celebration for collection of food items for the Sun Prairie Emergency Food Pantry and Spooktacular, a pumpkin carving contest that was displayed during the downtown trick or treating celebration.
“On behalf of the entire city council, I want to express our sincere appreciation to Debbie for her loyalty and distinguished service to the City of Sun Prairie,” Esser said.
Mason received a standing ovation from the audience and alders as she shook hands with city staff and alders after receiving the proclamation.
A proclamation presented to members of the Sun Prairie Police Department recognized Police Week. Congress has designated May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day, and the week in which it falls as National Police Week. The 29th Annual Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony will be held on May 10, 2019 at the State Capitol to remember and honor Wisconsin Officers who died in the line of duty and serving their communities, and usually includes members of the Sun Prairie Police Department.
Acting Police Chief Brian Teasdale thanked Esser for the proclamation and thanked the city officials and residents of Sun Prairie for their trust and support for the police department.
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