By GABRIELLA CRUZ-MARTÍNEZ
Illinois Supreme Court Judge Anne M. Burke, will speak on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. at Hyde Park Day School’s Chicago Campus, 6254 S. Ellis Ave., as part of the school’s Bellick Family Community Education Program.
The Bellick Family Community Education program was founded two years ago by the parents of an alumnus of the Hyde Park Day School. The Bellick family was appreciative of how the school had helped their child, and decided to start this educational speaker series after recognizing the need for parents and the community to learn more about children with learning disabilities. Their aim by launching this speaker series was to have it as a resource for the community and parents to gain more insight through the experiences of experts in the field.
During the program, Burke will present a talk entitled “All The Places You Will Go.”
Burke has a long history of public service, beginning with teaching physical education to mentally and physically disabled children and young adults for the Chicago Park District. Out of this work, she went on to found the Chicago Special Olympics, which grew to become the International Special Olympics, represented in more than 170 countries.
After receiving her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law, she began a neighborhood law practice that represented children and families on matters of neglect, abuse and delinquency and parent custody, among other issues. Prior to serving on the Illinois Appellate Court, Justice Burke provided in-depth leadership in reshaping and improving the Illinois Juvenile Justice
As a member of the Illinois Supreme Court, Justice Burke serves on the Illinois Courts
Commission, the Special Commission on the Administration of Justice, and the Board of Admissions to the Bar.
Hon. Burke is a frequent speaker and panelist before many civic and local Bar Associations, and serves on the boards of many organizations that work on behalf of the civic, educational and cultural life of Chicago. Justice Burke is married to Alderman Edward M. Burke and is a mother and grandmother.
The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by April 14 on the school’s homepage link at hydeparkday.org. There will be an informal reception after the presentation.
“Our goal is transition,” said Dr. Casey Crnich, executive director of HPDS. “We give our bright students the tools and strategies they need to recognize and compensate for their learning challenges. Our 5:1 student-teacher ratio ensures that each child gets personalized attention and a customized program of academic support along with Speech and Occupational Therapy and Social Work services. They become more self-confident and develop a love of learning, which makes them successful as they move into more mainstream learning environments.”
For more information call 847-446-6095 or visit hydeparkday.org.