Minutes, Regular Meeting
July 13, 2010
A RESOLUTION NO. 10-29
Recognizing Michael E. Souders for his contributions to the youth of the City of
Colonial Heights. WHEREAS, Michael E. Souders began his employment with the Colonial Heights
Public Schools in August, 2006 as a Music Teacher for grades K-12; and WHEREAS, during his tenure Mr. Souders has taught general music classes,
prepared students for musical PTO presentations, prepared special performances
for Earth Day, Arbor Day, the Fine Arts Festival, the Holiday sing-a-long, and the
Fort Clifton Festival and through his use of music helped to reinforce Standards of
Learning; and WHEREAS, Mr. Souders was voted Teacher of the Year for 2010 at Tussing
Elementary by his colleagues and subsequently named the school system’s
Teacher of the Year; and WHEREAS, Mr. Souders has been nationally recognized for “Thank You
Soldiers”, a song/video which he co-wrote with his wife, Angela. The video has
received over 1,370,000 views on the internet, over 10,000 emails and requests for
sheet music, and multiple radio interviews all over the country; and WHEREAS, through Mr. Souders’ hard work and dedication he has enriched the
lives of many youth of this City; NOW, THEREFORE,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLONIAL
1. That Council hereby expresses, on behalf of the City, its gratitude to
Michael E. Souders for his commitment and devotion to the well-being of the
young citizens of the City of Colonial Heights.
2. That, in attestation of the high regard in which Council holds Michael E.
Souders, this resolution is hereby made a part of this meeting and the permanent
record of the City of Colonial Heights, this 13th day of July, 2010; and the members
of Council unanimously affix their signatures.
Mayor Davis recognized Mr. Michael E. Souders, read the resolution in its entirety and
presented him with a framed copy.
Mr. Souders thanked Council for the recognition.