PDS Dining Hall and Kitchen
Proper nutrition plays an important role in brain function.
A new Dining Hall, Kitchen, and Nutrition Curriculum will allow us to prepare our own meals of smart and healthy food selections and teach smart eating choices and habits for maximum brain and body fuel, and to provide lunch for boys around noon. Our current smaller facilities mean some boys eat as early as 10:55 am or as late as 1:20 pm.
Proper nutrition plays an important role in brain function. The food we eat directly affects the efficiency of complex carbohydrates by improving attention, working memory, and endurance.
According to the Journal for Nutrition Education, the more a child learns about healthy eating choices, the fewer eating problems he will have in adult life.
The Campaign for PDS is a $26 million comprehensive campaign, with an emphasis on facilities, programs, and endowment. The campaign will give our teachers the tools, ongoing training, and facilities they need to offer their boys a world-class education.
We have successfully completed Phase 1 of the campaign with a goal of $16 million. We are now in Phase 2 of the campaign with a goal of $10 million. Currently, we have raised $3 million of that goal. The u.knight challenge is a push to raise the final $7 million.
A New Dining Hall and Kitchen.
No longer will PDS boys eat fast food or food prepared by another food source simply because we have no kitchen in which to prepare our own meals.
No longer will some PDS boys be forced to eat lunch as early as 10:55 a.m. or as late as 1:15 p.m. simply because our current cafeteria is much too small.
Media Center as an Information Hub.
With a space large enough to offer video conferencing with experts or other schools, high tech enough to provide our teachers and boys with the most advanced audio visual equipment, and comprehensive enough to house PDS’s existing collection of almost 20,000 library books, and boy-friendly enough to include plenty of light, color, and seating.
Mallory Reading and Learning Center
Each PDS boy is a unique learner with a distinctive set of strengths, weaknesses, temperaments, and interests. PDS develops specific learning profiles on all fourth through sixth graders. Phase 2 will provide PDS boys with an entirely new learning center staffed with reading specialists who will work with our boys to refine their reading skills, comprehension, and fluency.
Increased Space for Art.
Phase 2 will expands 3 times over the space for art instruction, including areas for painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, and other hands-on activities which boys need. Art gives boys a strong foundation in the critical 21st century skills of creativity, imagination, communication, and problem solving.
Increased Space for Music.
Increased practice space, with rooms for an orchestra, ensemble, and band.
Music nourishes the soul and the creative impulse. With its structure and spatial relationships, music introduces mathematical reasoning, and it aids in important cognitive development.
Double the Space for Science.
A deep grasp of science and the critical thinking protocol of the scientific method is an essential 21st century skill.
Having two hands-on labs will make the science experience deeper and more meaningful.
Our ability to offer a world-class 21st-century education hinges on our ability to expand and renovate our facilities.
Accept the Challenge.
Help PDS raise $7 million by May 31.
Let’s u.knight for the future of PDS.