MORRISTOWN, NJ.  Marty Epstein, founder and owner of Marty’s Reliable Cycle, has long been a force for good in Morristown. Epstein opened his bicycle shop 40 years ago and he has become well known for cultivating cycling culture in the area, while also championing charitable causes, community service, economic development, and sustainability in Morristown.

Epstein was celebrated for his longstanding charitable work as the recipient of this year’s 2018 Community Service Award at The Peck School in Morristown. Head of School Andy Delinsky presented the award to Mr. Epstein at the school’s annual Robin Ross Assembly on Thursday, May 17th. “Today, we honor Marty Epstein, a person who makes a difference right here in the Morristown community and around the world,” noted Mr. Delinsky.

The Peck School’s Annual Award For Community Service, established by the Board of Trustees, is given to a member of the Morristown community who merits distinction as a result of his or her personal dedication, community commitment, and service to others. The award is limited to a person or group outside the Peck community.

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Epstein is the driving force behind an ever-increasing number of local cycling events including Gran Fondo New Jersey. The mission of Gran Fondo is simple: “Give back to the community through cycling.” Since its inception in 2011, the Fondo has grown to over 2000 participants, has attained national prominence, and has raised over 1.1 million for local charities.  Epstein also spearheads donations of used bikes to Pedals for Progress – which rescues bicycles destined for overburdened U.S. landfills and ships them to developing countries where they are sorely needed and highly valued.

Community Service Award winners at The Peck School serve as tangible role models for students, who are reminded daily that “knowledge must be guided by values.” The school’s character development program, known as InDeCoRe Program (Individual Development, Community Responsibility) is integral to the overall educational program.

Peck maintains close connections to many past award winners including their 2008 Community Service Award recipient Maggie Doyne and her Kopila Valley School in Nepal. Peck has held several fundraising drives for the school, and the two schools have arranged both teacher and student exchanges. Doyne was recognized for her work on an international scale in 2015 when she was named CNN’s Hero of the Year.

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The Peck School is the northern New Jersey Kindergarten through eighth grade independent school where timeless traditions meet timely transformation. Peck’s carefully crafted nine-year continuum creates a nurturing environment enriched by enduring values and shaped by the customs of a gentler and more gracious age.

Within this small-scaled close-knit community students feel known and valued, embrace kindness, explore ethical inquiry, develop dynamic empathy, and grow prodigiously as learners and leaders – all without growing up too soon. Learn more at www.peckschool.org, or call our Admissions office at 973-539-8660 x 108. 

 

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