PDS has always maintained a strong partnership with the Watershed Institute, founded in 1949 with a mission to keep water clean, safe and healthy in central New Jersey. PDS recognizes the importance of the Watershed's mission to "work to protect and restore our water and natural environment in central New Jersey through conservation, advocacy, science, and education." As part of its renowned sustainability program, Princeton Day School underwent a rigorous process to become River Friendly Certified at the highest level by the Watershed.
One of the ways PDS has explored service learning and shown support for the Watershed is to build a team of runners from the PDS family, including faculty and staff, students, parents and alumni, for the annual 5k and 10K Trail Run and Festival in support of clean water. In 2017, when the School adopted "water" as a school-wide theme to consider and to study, putting together a team of Watershed "run for water" trail run participants made perfect sense. The trail run helps support The Watershed Institute's efforts to keep water clean, safe and healthy water in central New Jersey.
More than 90 PDS runners have participated in the trail run and festival for three consecutive years to show their support for this important work. At this year's May 19 Trail Run and Festival, the PDS team won the award for greatest number of participants representing an organization with a team that included (in photo, from left to right): Daniel Caruso, Elena Gomez-Sichel, Robert Sichel, Sylvia Gomez-Sichel, Christine Castillo, Helen Heuer, Bastian Bocklage, Elizabeth Monroe, Margie Gibson, Peter Gibson, Jim Miller, Emilie Miller, Sasha Appleton, Victoria Gomez-Sichel, John Seeg and Freya Appleton-Seeg. Missing from the photo but definitely present and participating were the Cook family: Geoff, Kerri, Maddy and Elyse. And several supportive PDS community members also signed on but were unable to participate on Sunday: Erik Hove, Alexa Maher, Barbara Brent, Sharon Ourach, Hailey Cohen and Tim Miller.
Despite the hot and muddy conditions, the PDS team was up for the trail run challenge, with strong showings all around; Bastian and Daniel even placed first and third in their age groups. Thank you to all of the PDS community members who came together to support clean water with the Watershed Institute!
Contributed by Service Learning Director Margie Wallace Gibson '85