To the Editor:
It is with great pride on Election Day that I write this letter in support of the candidacy of Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn for a seat on the Warwick School Committee. There are three other worthy candidates who are vying for a seat today on the Warwick School Committee as well. However, I believe Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn possesses certain leadership qualities and experience that set her apart from the other three candidates.
First and foremost, Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn is a homemaker who has devoted her life and sacrificed her career in order to help raise her two children with her husband in Warwick. Her devotion to her children includes the countless number of hours; days and weeks she has spent volunteering in so many capacities at her children’s (and my children’s) elementary school for the past seven years. While volunteering at our elementary school, she has not only been a vocal advocate for improvements in her children’s' educational experience, but more importantly, she has often made it a point to seek out members of the school administration in Warwick to ensure it is doing everything that it has been empowered to do to guarantee that the federal, state and local mandates are being met at our school. Having my three children attend the same school for the past seven years, I have had many opportunities to witness Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn do what no one else has had the courage to do; challenge the status quo.
As a direct result of Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn's perceived unpopular but necessary efforts when dealing with the school administration in Warwick, I have observed firsthand the improvement in the quality of not only my children’s educational experience, but the educational experience of all of the students at our elementary school.
If you are interested in voting for a Warwick School Committee candidate who has been a lifelong resident of Warwick, has personally received a public school education from the Warwick School System (Townsend-Ahearn is a 1989 graduate of Warwick Veterans Memorial High School), who has a vested interest in improving the quality of education for all students who receive a public education from the Warwick School System, and a candidate who has already proven that she is not afraid to advocate for what she knows is in the best interest of the students in Warwick, then Jennifer Townsend-Ahearn is worthy of your vote.
Paul J. Ferns, Esq.
Warwick Veterans Memorial High School
Class of 1988