After Brush With Death, PMSA Student Recovering Dramatically; Proviso East To Hold Vision Meeting April 14; Take D89’s Community Survey


Michelle Harris, 18, and a student at Proviso Math and Science Academy shares her fight for life with CBS 2’s Mike Parker during a recent news interview. | Screenshot

Wednesday, April 8, 2016 || By COMMUNITY EDITOR

“You know how like when people say when you die, you see light?” Michelle Harris, 18, told CBS 2’s Mike Parker during a recent interview. “I saw a light and I remember people jumping up into it and when it was my turn, I didn’t jump and then the light just went away.”

Harris, an honors student at Proviso Math and Science Academy, said it was a bout last fall with a rare autoimmune disease called granulomatosis with polyangiitis that had her suddenly feeling inexplicably weak.

She could barely breathe. She couldn’t swallow. She was admitted into Rush University Medical Center downtown, where she saw the light, Parker reports.

“The doctors told me, ‘say my goodbyes,”’ said Michelle’s mother Sharon Harris. “By me being a nurse and my daughter had just turned 18, I just looked at her, and I’m like, ‘No.’”

And then, after Christmas Eve, something close to miraculous happened. To read more of Harris’s story, click here.

Proviso East Parents and Alumni Invited to Visioning Meeting on April 14

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Proviso East principal Patrick Hardy with students earlier this year. | Wednesday Journal File

[Proviso Township High Schools District 209] Parents and alumni of Proviso East High School are invited to a visioning meeting for the school at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Proviso East Auditorium.

The meeting is hosted by Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, in his first formal meeting with parents and alumni. The evening will include a special performance by students, with light refreshments served.

Dr. Patrick Hardy, principal at Proviso East, said that the meeting is a chance to connect with parents and alumni.

“This will gauge what they are looking for,” Dr. Hardy said. “We’re looking for people to bring their energy, minds, and history of the school. This is necessary for any leader entering a new community.”

Dr. Hardy said that the time will be a working meeting with those in attendees contributing to the school’s improvement plan.

District 89 Invites Parents, Community Members To Take Survey

Parents and community members are requested to take a Communications Survey that will be available from April 5 through April 12.

Click here to take the parent survey. Click here to take the community survey. VFP

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