Sunday, June 07, 2009

Student, longtime aide "just clicked"

Glenbrook South High School senior Julie Halfen, 19, who has Down Syndrome, is escorted to gym class by her one-to-one aide Linda Hammer. Linda has been Julie's aide since Julie was in first grade. (Chicago Tribune photo by Chris Walker / June 2, 2009)

Linda Hammer, 53, has helped high-school senior Julie Halfen, who has Down syndrome, with her classes since Halfen was in first grade. "It's very bittersweet because I am so proud of her," said Hammer, who changed employers so she could remain with Halfen through high school. Chicago Tribune

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