Nicole and Paul Saphier, Current Parents

The mission of the campaign, I think, is really progressive. But it is not a departure. It challenges convention but at the same time it is very well grounded.

A Donor's Story: Nicole and Paul Saphier

Although relatively new to the Peck community, Nicole and Paul Saphier are already shining examples of Peck’s core values. These values emphasize the balance between individual growth and development, and responsibility to a larger community.  
 
As Paul Saphier explained, “Nicole and I were raised to be strong individuals, but the only reason why we were able to have that confidence was because of the support that our families gave us. We learned from them that there is a fine line between being strong as an individual and also seeing one's commitment to the broader community.”
 
That cultivation of a strong personal compass, coupled with the commitment to family and community, is exemplified in the Saphiers’ robust and early support for The Peck Promise Campaign. “Our son Hudson, who's currently in first grade, is doing so well, and we know it’s because of the tremendous support that he's received. Ultimately we want to help foster that support to future children. So anything that we can do that helps give back to a school that's given us so much is really what motivates us,” said the Saphiers.
 
They also see community values exemplified in Peck’s family dining program. “Requiring all ages to engage with each other at the table, including adults, and making sure that students comport themselves properly—that was one really big thing for us. Clearly the campaign and building the new Peck Commons will add to that experience even further.”
Our son Hudson, who's currently in first grade, is doing so well, and we know it’s because of the tremendous support that he's received. Ultimately we want to help foster that support to future children. So anything that we can do that helps give back to a school that's given us so much is really what motivates us.
In addition to the new family style dining hall, the Peck Commons will also house a performance space, green room, two music classrooms, and an InDeCoRe lab. Improving on Peck’s ability to foster artistic and creative impulses strikes a chord with the whole family. The Saphiers are an avid music and arts family. Nicole and Paul grew up playing several different instruments from an early age, and both Hudson and Harrison are following in their footsteps. They have created an insulated music room downstairs in their house where Paul, Hudson, and Harrison take turns playing guitar, drums, and keyboard. They also love taking the boys into New York City to attend theatre performances.
 
Aligning with that dedication to the arts, The Peck Promise Campaign and the new master plan for The Peck School build on a strong foundation while bolstering opportunities for students to create, innovate, and communicate. “The mission of the campaign, I think, is really progressive,” said Paul. “But it is not a departure. It challenges convention but at the same time it is very well grounded, and that's really what I like about it. Recognizing those things that have worked and embracing the future—that's a very tricky dynamic to master, and I think Peck has done that exceptionally well.”

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.