Blankemeier will be a conscientious, caring D97 board member

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I am writing to encourage your vote for Julie Blankemeier for the District 97 school board. Her nature and disposition make her a joy to work with. Her knowledge of and concern for children is evident in many choices she has made through her life. Her passion and love would be of great benefit to all children in the district.

I first met Julie through the school where I work and her children attended. She then became my family's primary doctor. I have nothing but the best to write about her.

As a doctor, Julie was impeccable. She was very thorough and always went the extra mile for new parents. She offered options and alternatives to each situation and always listened to our needs, worries and wishes. I was amazed when I received the first "follow up" phone call after an office visit with my newborn to make sure everything was fine. After chalking it up to polite service and perhaps a bit of sympathy to tired, worried parents, I soon realized that this was her normal procedure, not a fluke. Whether it was me or my daughter in the doctor's office, we always received that call. Julie made our journey into parenthood much more comfortable than we could ever have imagined. She showed so much dedication that it was not hard to see why she was ranked so high amongst the many family physicians in the Chicagoland area.

As a parent, Julie strives for the best. She is thoughtful and helpful but understands the needs and boundaries of her children. She lets them explore their interests while encouraging them to try new adventures. Her children are well mannered and polite. I can only assume that this is from strong role modeling they see from their parents. As a parent of twins in my class, she always found time to come and volunteer. She regularly helped with class breakfasts or projects as room parent. She also came in to teach all the children in my class about their bones and their hearts. She was able to easily transform her wealth of medical knowledge into an exciting, educational experience for young children. Julie was always willing to help with a request involving any needs of the classroom and the children.

I think Oak Park will be served well by such a conscientious parent who cares about all the children she comes into contact with, whether in the office, in the classroom, or in the community.

Margaret Combs
Oak Park

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