Hetty and Achilles Kintiroglou, Current Parents

It is so important to us that our children see that we value family, community and education, and we hope they do the same for their own children. That’s our primary goal.

A Donor's Story: Hetty and Achilles Kintiroglou

Peck parent Hetty Kintiroglou understands how a school can benefit from strong family and community support. She is the Principal of the Horizon School, a school and community dedicated to serving students with multiple disabilities. “I’ve definitely taken some notes from Peck and from the support and involvement that I’ve witnessed first-hand with The Peck Promise Campaign,” explained Kintiroglou.

Hetty works to inspire similar passion in the community at Horizon. “Particularly when families have a child with special needs, it is essential to develop an inclusive and welcoming school community. I work to cultivate the same strength and family bond at Horizon that Peck does with its campaign and school community.”

The Kintiroglou family chose to support The Peck Promise Campaign because they are excited about the future. “We love all the changes that have come about, as well as what’s in store,” they explained. “It seems almost as if the school has had a rebirth. There is a new energy to it. Our sense is that the entire community feels the same way, based on how driven we all are to participate and take an active role in shaping the school.”

The Kintiroglous have been members of the Peck family for eight years. They chose Peck for their oldest daughter Ellie (now in seventh grade) in 2011, followed by daughter Chloe (fourth grade), and now son Dean (kindergarten). Hetty and her husband Achilles said they “sealed the deal” on Peck after witnessing an eighth-grade student speaking to prospective parents at an open house about her Peck experience. They both had an immediate feeling that the school culture was perfect for their family.
What is particularly exciting about the Peck Promise campaign is being part of the historical imprint that builds on Peck’s rich traditions and drives the school’s continued growth.
Family ties and a sense of community are resonant with the Kintiroglous. Their Greek heritage on both sides of the relationship binds them to relatives here in the United States as well as many more in Greece. “Ultimately, a lot of our friendships and relationships outside our own family were developed through Peck. We really value that. We have been fortunate to get much more from Peck than we originally planned,” they expressed. “It is so important to us that our children see that we value family, community and education, and we hope they do the same for their own children. That’s our primary goal. We are happy to align ourselves with Peck’s values and culture including its unique emphasis on a character-based education with an understanding that individual development and community responsibility are intertwined concepts.”

Their support of the Peck Promise Campaign is also emblematic of the Kintiroglou family’s belief that there is much to be gained personally from “giving back.” Last year, Chloe and Ellie raised money in their community to support the tuition of a student at Horizon. This year, Ellie coordinated with several other Peck seventh-graders to spend a day-off from school volunteering at Horizon, sharing Thanksgiving-themed crafts and activities with the students and making new friends.

“To me, Horizon is a special place where students love to come every day. I love working to create a special environment where students feel happy and supported, and where there is no limit to what they can achieve.  I’m blessed to be a part of that at Horizon, as well as a Peck parent supporting The Peck Promise campaign,” added Kintiroglou. “What is particularly exciting about the Peck Promise campaign is being part of the historical imprint that builds on Peck’s rich traditions and drives the school’s continued growth.”   

The new Peck Commons is a fitting example of the reason why the Kintiroglous chose to support the campaign. It exemplifies Peck’s ongoing commitment to strong family and community values. With an InDeCoRe Lab dedicated to character education, two music classrooms, an outdoor performance terrace, a spacious dining hall for family style meals, and a multi-purpose space for performances and public speaking, the Commons will be a hub for interpersonal connections on campus.

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