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April 29, 2014

Push for new school heats up

Parents canvas neighborhoods citywide as Hunking vote nears

HAVERHILL — If you didn’t know better, you might think a City Council or mayoral campaign is under way.

People are going door to door, canvassing neighborhoods to give out campaign literature.

But they aren’t the faces you usually see during election season — veteran politicians seeking re-election and political newcomers whose names are plastered on lawn signs across the community.

These are the faces you see regularly at PTO meetings and school sporting events.

Parents are on the campaign trail, pushing voters to support a proposal to build a new school to replace the deteriorated Hunking School.

The vote is just over a month away and parents are campaigning just as a candidate for mayor, council or School Committee would.

They are knocking on the doors of homes, handing out informational flyers and shaking the hands of visitors at social events.

“We’ve been busy,” said Karen Peugh, media relations representative of the parent group Haverhill for Hunking. “We’ve been asking for support as well as educating people about the vote.”

In addition to going door-to-door, members of the volunteer group were at the Haverhill Goes Green environmental fair on Sunday handing out flyers and answering questions, and also plan to be at this year’s KidsFest. Peugh said members of the group have also been attending various service club meetings along with School Superintendent James Scully.

Peugh said the parent group began with about 15 volunteers and has since grown to more than 40 members.

She said they began going door-to-door in the Bradford area three weeks ago, followed by the Broadway/Route 97 area. This past weekend they were in the Riverside area. In all they’ve visited about 1,000 homes so far, she said.

“We’ll discuss what neighborhood we plan to visit next at our weekly meeting on Wednesday,” she said.

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