Nneka and Levee Brooks, Current Parents

Everything the school is investing in with the campaign just seems to make sense. In the end, it will be seen as a short-term expense for a much more stable, long-term investment in curriculum and character education for the school.

A Donor's Story: Nneka and Levee Brooks

Levee and Nneka Brooks were diligent in their research as they investigated Kindergarten options for their oldest child Aria several years ago. They considered the public school system in the Montclair area where they lived. They contemplated the independent school options throughout the area. They even considered a move back to Manhattan to send Aria to a private school in the city. Then, something surprising happened that moved Peck to the top of their list.
 
“After all the research was done, the first day we showed up for an information session on Peck’s campus, the person who opened the door was David Carlo,” said Levee Brooks in reference to Peck’s Director of Athletics. “David was a year ahead of me in high school at St. Benedict’s in Newark and I knew him at school. It was a sudden but welcome connection. Dave and I share the same values. That coincidence of running into him immediately and his association to Peck seemed to seal it for us.”
 
A sense of shared values and a belief in the power of education are both concepts that resonate deeply with the Brooks. Both Nneka and Levee came from families that prioritized values-based education. “Obviously, academics are important, but the main thing for us was to raise good kids who happen to be smart kids—not necessarily the other way around,” Brooks explained.
Obviously, academics are important, but the main thing for us was to raise good kids who happen to be smart kids—not necessarily the other way around.
The Peck Promise Campaign is a tapestry of those academic and character-based ideals. This summer, continued campus modifications will create a new Upper School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Wing in the Caspersen-Tomlinson building, as well as an expanded Lower School science lab to bolster an already-stellar academic program. With the beautiful new Peck Commons opening this fall, the family dining program will continue to bring community members together around a meal and conversation. A new InDeCoRe Lab in the same building will further support our award-winning character development program.

“Everything the school is investing in with the campaign just seems to make sense. In the end, it will be seen as a short-term expense for a much more stable, long-term investment in curriculum and character education for the school,” they said. “That made us really excited.”

The core values that drew the Brooks to Peck initially—respect, loyalty, perseverance, empathy, responsibility, and honesty—have created an inimitable family culture on campus. The relationships they have developed with other parents in Aria’s grade extend far beyond the classroom, and they feel those bonds are unique to the Peck community. As Levee said, “We get along with every family in our class really well. When we talk to our friends from other schools, there is no interaction after the kids get picked up from school. We definitely feel that [Peck] is something special for us.”

The Brooks are proud to support The Peck Promise Campaign as it builds classroom spaces and community places that continue to foster the family values and community ties they cherish. But their financial support of this crucial endeavor was almost a foregone conclusion.
 
“My wife and I have always known we would want to give back somehow and pay it forward,” said Levee. “So when Andy [Delinsky] called we already knew we wanted to participate.”

Questions?  To find out how you can be part of The Peck Promise Campaign, contact Lauren Spirig, Campaign Director, at 973-539-8660 x135 or lspirig@peckschool.org.