As a former student of the Special Ed Program at the high school I really don't know much about the TEAM program. But seeing as there have only been viewpoints from parents, I thought I might add my two points.
Your story "Walks tout varied Mideast views" in the issue of May 18 was in many respects an excellent example of the balanced journalism WEDNESDAY JOURNAL practices. Two events with opposing agendas were handled in an even-handed and calm way, with a clear appreciation of how two groups in our community come to hold very different views.
On behalf of the Village Manager Association, the Oak Park First campaign, and our candidates?#34;Sandra Sokol, who was elected to a fourth term as clerk of the village; Diana Carpenter who has completed a four-year term as trustee and ran for election as president of the village; and Ray Barbosa, Dorothy Reid and Mas Takaguchi who ran for trustee?#34;in the April 5 local election, I want to thank our many supporters, campaign workers and contributors.
Where's the village? We moved here a year ago because Oak Park is an engaged community that pays attention to schools, to its housing stock, and to planned development. After living on the Northside of Chicago, we grew tired of going to sleep in a neighborhood and waking up in a new block of condos.
I don't think it is any secret that what has turned around our downtown shopping district is the renewal that took place at the Lake Theatre a few years ago. However, retail success is a fragile thing. Customer buying habits and retail comfort levels are built over many years.
Reading a letter to the editor that mentioned the volunteer work that occurs at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School (GBMS), I knew I had to chime in on the impact that these programs have on our students. There are two programs in particular which I think are good examples of what is great about Oak Park.