Millard would be a 'breath of fresh air' for D200 board

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This is to endorse strongly the candidacy of Dr. Dee Millard for a seat on the District 200 School Board in the next election. Dee is our neighbor and friend. She has demonstrated her strong commitment to the high school as a parent and, in particular, as the founder and leader of three student tours to India. These tours have been life-changing experiences for the students who participated. Dee has used her extensive personal knowledge of the country, her personal resources and her many contacts to make these tours a success.

Through her personal involvement in the high school, Dr. Millard has come to know many of the faculty, coaches and staff and so knows many of the challenges they face. She has proposed creative programs including peer-to-peer tutoring, the use of citizen teaching assistants, and stronger interaction between the high school and elementary schools as ways to address achievement gaps. She has suggested a professional focus on grant writing as a way to improve programs and promote student and faculty growth.

Drawing on her son's experience as a former varsity athlete, she is supportive of strong athletic and extracurricular programs to supplement the already strong academic accomplishments of the high school. As a university medical school faculty member, she understands and appreciates quality education. As a neonatologist, caring for newborns requiring intensive care, she is accustomed to dealing with stress and with anguished and anxious parents. She has demonstrated her commitment to service as a volunteer in church and community projects such as blood drives, Habitat for Humanity, cooking for homeless, and as a medical volunteer in India.

Her intelligence, dedication, winning personality, creativity and commitment to the high school and to Oak Park make her a unique asset to the District 200 School Board. She will inject new enthusiasm and ideas into a board that will greatly benefit from such a change. She is a breath of fresh air committed to helping our fine high school get even better.
J. Peter and Nancy L. Clark
Oak Park

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