When James and Sarah Heck decided to participate in The Peck Promise Campaign, a naming opportunity in the Deetjen Kindergarten seemed a perfect fit.
“We knew we wanted to play a role in this campaign even though we’ve only been here for four years,” Sarah said. “We felt such a great connection to Peck from the very beginning and from our first few days in kindergarten.”
In fact, just one week into daughter Samantha’s first year at Peck, while entering their car for pick up, she exclaimed, “You know Mom, they also have a thing called ‘AfterSchool’ here. I could stay longer. That would be amazing!”
Then, four years later, son Joseph made a similar endorsement when he announced he would refuse to smile during his last month of kindergarten because he was so sad the school year was drawing to a close. This was the same Joseph who, one year prior, asked permission to drop out of preschool to start at Peck after witnessing his older sister’s passion for school.
Watching their children fall in love with learning at the very beginning of their formal education was a dream come true. The Hecks are true believers in the value of the K-to-8 model, and they understand the importance of building a strong foundation in early years.
“When you start with a strong foundation, you can go anywhere and do well. Starting as early as possible, with an amazing education is key. We both believe that to the core,” said James. “That foundation will set them up to be great. Having a wonderful space and amazing teachers at that early stage and developing that early passion in kids is critical. We wanted to give them the right tools as soon as we could.”
Beyond their strong belief in Peck’s K-to-8 program, the Hecks are supporting the campaign because they are impressed with the school’s evolving master plan. Although the new Peck Commons looms large as the new community hub, there are many subtler aspects of the campaign that impressed them equally.
“I feel like every single part of this campus was thought about and imagined. There are so many amazing and smaller changes that will facilitate collaboration amongst teachers and students,” Sarah said. “We didn’t feel like Peck was just knocking down the Old Gym and constructing a new building. After you see the whole plan you realize that literally every doorway and space was considered to improve learning.”