When PDS senior kindergarten teacher Wendy Wood Edwards began her battle with cancer, Preston Roberts (class of 2009) was in first grade and wanted to do something for Mrs. Edwards, who had been his first PDS teacher.
He lined up sponsors for the bicycling portion of a local triathlon and raised over $3,000 to contribute toward a fund established to assist with her medical expenses. “I biked for Mrs. Edwards,” recalls Preston, son of Christina and Richy Roberts.
Upon Preston’s graduation from PDS, the Roberts family chose to make a gift to PDS’ capital campaign to encourage cycling for physical fitness.
Their contribution honors the memory of Mrs. Edwards as well as funds the new Trike Track located on the Wendy Wood Edwards Playground. The Trike Track is a specially paved course that weaves around the playground where early-childhood students can ride one of the school’s 25 tricycles.
Christina and Richy decided to give because they wanted to show their appreciation for the family’s experience at PDS. Christina explained, “We were so proud of the young man and learner that Preston had become. We felt grateful for the incredible academic, social and faith foundation he had developed at PDS.”
Mrs. Edwards was special to me... For my family and me to give to PDS in memory of her makes me feel good and connected to PDS forever.
She said they are appreciative of the foundation Preston received at PDS. “Every day when I hear my son express his desire and intention to act with a generous spirit, wanting to give back, I realize PDS had a lot to do with that,” Christina said. “In addition to Wendy Edwards, Preston had so many incredible teachers that molded, shaped, and modeled for him what it means to live your Christian faith.”
Christina said PDS teachers strive to develop strong partnerships with pupils’ parents.“ The PDS teachers, especially in the beginning grades, are essential to establishing partnerships and relationships that enhance the learning experience for each boy,” she said. “What we experienced at PDS from the very beginning until the end was a wonderful school-and-home partnership with our son at the heart of everyone’s interests.”
Preston said, “It makes me feel good inside to help others. Mrs. Edwards was special to me. She was my senior kindergarten teacher. For my family and me to give to PDS in memory of her makes me feel good and connected to PDS forever.”