Sun Prairie Wisconsin Culture
This week marks the first day of author Tanuja Desai-Hidier's visit to Sun Prairie High School, which she attended with her mother, an extraordinary reading teacher, to introduce the world to her students in rural Wisconsin. It is a remarkable opportunity, and I am reminded of my own experience when she introduces her book "Opening the Door" to the students of Sun Prairie High School. I had the pleasure of meeting her in person at her home and I met her family and friends as well as some of her children.
When Sun Prairie decided to strengthen its image as a hometown, it relied on an independent spirit, with a strong sense of pride in its own history and culture, and a commitment to its community.
America's expansion did not end there, and Gadsden's purchase led to the creation of more than 1,000 new reservations in the United States. Sometimes the federal government recognized Indians as self-governing communities, but sometimes the government tried to force them to give up their cultural identity, abandon their land, or blend into American traditions. With so many newcomers moving west, a policy was established that limited the Native Americans to a small area in the area intended exclusively for Indian purposes, which was more restrictive than offering more territory to non-Indian settlers. Reformers believed that the system of forcing them into reserves was too harsh, while industrialists, worried about property and resources, saw it as a necessary step to ensure their survival.
Many of the settlers set out to build their homesteads near the Indian tribes living in the West. A settler, moved by the natural majesty of the land, carved the word "Sun Prairie" into a tree. Hidden in the forest, so far away that you won't notice it when you first drive past, is the Sun Prairie Indian Reservation, the largest of its kind in North America.
After naming the park after Georgia, city officials asked her to appear at the Sun Prairie bicentennial parade. Sandra knows Georgia well, having worked as a ELA reading teacher at Sun Prairie for the past 17 years. She was lucky enough to work with her when she was a student at Prairie View Middle School, which is now retired.
The festival, which includes a carnival, parade and live music, serves nearly 70 tons of corn during its run. It is the largest Sun Prairie festival, attracting well over 100,000 visitors from all over the region over the mid-August weekend.
During the warmer months, residents of Sun Prairie can often take advantage of some of the city's most popular attractions, including the beautifully maintained park, a family-friendly water park located at Prairie Athletic Club. If the Wisconsin summer heat gets too much for you, head to the park to refresh yourself in the lake or swim in Lake Prairie Park, the state's largest freshwater lake.
The many services that the Sun Prairie Chamber of Commerce provides through its vibrant business environment play a key role in the city's continued economic growth. They even offer a variety of services that can be used by members of companies inside and outside the city.
Sun Prairie is also home to a number of local manufacturers, including Sun Prairie International Airport and the US Air Force Academy.
Part of Dane County, Sun Prairie has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the state, at around 4%, and its largest employers include the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the US Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The quality of life in the prairie is among the best in any state when combined with the number of jobs available to its residents and the relatively low cost of living. With extensive green spaces, fun - with lots of leisure opportunities and lots of affordable housing - it's a great place to live, work and vacation.
In addition, our family was fortunate enough to participate in the Wisconsin Thai International Sunrise Program to keep in touch. This program offers students the opportunity to learn from the United States and teach from Thailand from their counterparts in Wisconsin. We are grateful to Mrs. K. for allowing our children in Sun Prairie to meet students in Thailand.
Through books and international contacts, Sandra has introduced Wisconsin middle school students to cultures, customs, climates and food from around the world. We truly believe that Mrs Kowalczyk has put passion and effort into the exchange and communication of her students across different cultures and that the opportunity she offers to share and share these cultures is invaluable for the education of our children. Our classrooms live in a future that depends on inspiring and preparing our students by providing them with relevant, engaging and innovative learning experiences. Through reading, we contribute to their understanding of the knowledge, love and passion we have for our country, our culture and our friends and family.