Zheng Song-Decker and Nick Decker, Current Parents

We wanted to find a school where our children could be both academically challenged and simultaneously encouraged to be creative. The Peck School met this dual requirement better than we could have ever imagined.

A Donor's Story: Zheng Song-Decker and Nick Decker

The Decker family began their Peck journey with a simple question to their realtor when they moved to Morris Township from New York City in 2000.  They asked, “What is the best school in the area?” Their realtor, without a moment of hesitation, said “The Peck School.”
 
“We wanted to find a school where our children could be both academically challenged and simultaneously encouraged to be creative. The Peck School met this dual requirement better than we could have ever imagined,” explained Zheng Song-Decker and Nick Decker.
 
After they settled in to their new home, the Deckers found out that their neighbors Steve and Barbara Boyd had two Peck graduates at home.  During neighborhood walks, the Boyds could not be more complimentary of Peck. Their goal was set—they wanted their children to attend The Peck School.
 
Eldest daughter Nicolette was accepted in 2007, and the Decker family journey at Peck began. That journey would have a major detour when, in 2008, after just one memorable year in Kindergarten, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose to move their entire family to China for four years.  As Nick Decker noted, “Leaving Peck was extremely difficult; we already felt a strong connection with the Peck community.”
 
The Deckers spent the next four years living in Beijing. In 2012, they began the process of returning and were thrilled to learn that Peck had spots for both of their daughters for the fall of that year. They resettled in a new home in Mendham.
 
Since their return, the Deckers share three success stories. “Our wonderful niece also joined Peck in 2013 and went on to attend Phillips Andover Academy. Our older daughter Nicolette graduated from Peck and went on to attend Choate Rosemary Hall, and our younger daughter Adia is thriving in Peck’s seventh grade.  Our children love the community, teachers and the learning experience at Peck,” said Nick Decker.
We always tell our children that others can take almost anything away from you—but they can never take what is put into your mind. Therefore, there is nothing more important than a great education and ongoing learning.
The Deckers are grateful for the many generations of Peck families that have supported Peck’s progress, whose dedication and contribution to past campaigns is truly inspiring. With their children’s experience at Peck and their love for the Peck community, past, present, and future, the Deckers made a commitment to The Peck Promise Campaign after hearing its story from Head of School Andy Delinsky.
 
“We always tell our children that others can take almost anything away from you—but they can never take what is put into your mind. Therefore, there is nothing more important than a great education and ongoing learning,” said the Deckers. While their younger daughter may only get to spend one year enjoying the vibrant energy of the new Peck Commons, the new STEAM wing, and other improvements from the campaign, they share the sentiment of so many Peck families that it is their role and privilege to “pay it forward” in homage to those who did so before them.
 
The Deckers enthusiastically concluded, “We know that parents are unlikely to find a better place than Peck, including its lovely community and incredible learning spaces, but our family has come to realize that Peck is more than a bunch of buildings. It is a place where young dreams and aspirations come to grow and thrive—for life!”

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.