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I write this letter in support of Paul Funch, who is a candidate for the School Committee. I first met Paul four years ago when I approached the First Parish Church about leasing space to open a new preschool in Groton (Sunshine School). At the time, Paul was Chairman of the Board for the church. Paul was quick to understand the issues involved in leasing the church’s new addition. He was open-minded, readily understanding the balance between the needs of the church and the needs of a fledgling school, and fairly balanced those needs so that both institutions were well-served. For the next two years, Paul was the liaison between Sunshine School and First Parish Church, dealing promptly and fairly with everything from repairs, to facility use needs, to contractual agreements.

Paul’s commitment to the importance of education and to the needs of children was always clear, and he was tireless in his efforts to support the mission of my school through understanding its goals. I have every confidence he can and will do the same on the School Committee.

J. BLAKE FIDLER

Director, Sunshine School

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