The following is a letter by Moira Breen Smith:
I have worked with and observed Jeanne Downs in several volunteer capacities related to the schools and other community groups and I enthusiastically support her election to the school committee.
Jeanne is one the most respectful and fair-minded people that I have ever met. Someone who truly listens to others, Jeanne has that rare ability to honestly consider problems from the perspective of everyone involved. When dealing with divisive issues, her interpersonal skills and leadership ability set the tone for collaborative and respectful discourse, creating a place for resolution.
Jeanne is extremely intelligent, with a keen sense of financial responsibility and savvy. I am confident that she will consistently look for a ways to spend our tax dollars prudently while keeping our schools top notch.
Jeanne works tirelessly and humbly, with dedication, because she is invested in and cares deeply about our community. Throughout the years she has served as president of the High School PTO, Middle School PTO, and prior to that was very involved in the elementary level. This experience enables her to have insight into our schools at every level. She also has spent years working with young children as coach of the Junior Warriors swim program. Families who participate in this program have benefited a great deal from Jeanne’s leadership, as she is a model of perseverance, respect, and determination. She is extraordinary in this way, as she demonstrates not only what giving your best is for the achievement of one’s own goals, but what giving your best means for community success.
Wayland is so very fortunate that Jeanne is eager and willing to serve. She has contributed immensely to our town and our schools through her volunteer service and will be a tremendous asset to the school committee. Please vote for Jeanne Downs on April 1st.
Moira Breen Smith