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posted: 12/7/2012 5:00 AM

Couple grateful to Rupley School

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A note of thanks to Rupley School of Elk Grove Village and especially to Principal Matt Boherer, custodian Toni Andeuch and teachers Nicola Avena and Chris Baldini.

On Election Day on the way to Rupley School where I was to be a poll watcher, a tire on our car blew out. My husband and I are in our 80s and were not able to change the tire.

In addition we did not have a cellphone with us. Since I was scheduled to start my job at the poll we drove on our flat tire.

We arrived at Rupley a little after 6 a.m. and as we pulled up, Nicola Avena, seeing our flat tire, asked us what she could do to help. Toni Andeuch also came over and asked what she could do. Toni then called our emergency insurance company and was told they would be there in about an hour. She gave them explicit directions to the school.

I went in to do my job and my husband stayed in the car and waited and waited, but no one ever showed up. At about 8:30 a.m. a gentleman came out and saw my husband still sitting in the car. My husband told him what had happened and we were going to call again, but the gentleman said, "Don't worry, I'll fix it -- time me."

The gentleman put on our spare tire in no time flat! I did not discover until after he came back into the school that the he happened to be Matt Boherer, the principal of Rupley School.

I just wanted to express our deep appreciation for all the care and assistance we received from the teachers and principal at Rupley, and want everyone to know what a caring group they are. Again, many thanks to all of them. Don't know how we would have managed without you!

Ann Bahnsen

Des Plaines

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