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Ellie Zwak, 7, enjoys a book with paraprofessional Drew Finkbeiner on Tuesday at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Ellie was born with a heart problem that required extensive surgery and impacted her motor skills and vision, and she has made remarkable progress in the past year.

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Maybe you know Ellie Zwak. Maybe you've seen her around town with her family or walking through the halls at Strawberry Park Elementary School. Maybe you've heard her laugh, sing or make up a story on the spot.


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