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Pictured are past Craven County Schools teachers of the years (l-r) Christy Wilson, Stephanie Edwards, and Kim Scott with Gov. James Hunt at the 2016 PIE Spring Luncheon



PIE Spring Luncheon


On June 13, 2017, Partners In Education held the PIE Annual Spring Luncheon at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center.  The monies raised from this event go towards the grant programs in our Craven County Schools classrooms administered by Partners In Education. I’m pleased to report that we had 795 attendees at our luncheon!

As a result of the money raised, we are excited to offer the one-time $3,000 Governor Roy Cooper Literacy Grant for the coming year to our Craven County Schools principals.  Also, we will be offering two $3,000 grants with a technology focus thanks to Chevrolet of New Bern and Wells Fargo for the 2017-18 school year.  Thank you to Duke Energy Foundation and Bosch Community Fund for presenting “the big checks” of $25,000 each, funding the STEM Lab at Bridgeton Elementary!

As our keynote speaker, Gov. Cooper was an inspiring breath of fresh air.  He spoke directly to the subject at hand, and our educators’ motto:  Every Child, Every Day.  Truly a gracious governor.

The Second Annual Exemplary Service Awards were awarded to recognize outstanding support to our local education foundation in four areas:

The Cheryl Marteney Memorial Volunteer Leadership Award serves to honor a volunteer who has made significant contributions through volunteer work with Craven County Partners In Education.  This was awarded to Kim Scott, Assistant Principal at Oaks Road Elementary and Catherine Alligood, Principal at A.H. Bangert Elementary.

The PIE Outstanding Leadership Award honors outstanding leadership and significant contributions to education by school administrators. This award went to Dr. Meghan Doyle, Superintendent of Craven County Schools.

There were three PIE Excellence Awards.  The award honors an individual or company for demonstrating a commitment to working with PIE to promote student achievement and educational excellence. This award went to Weyerhaeuser, accepted by Lori Worley; Jim Okonek; and Paul Tingle.

The Distinguished Alumni Award honors Craven County Schools graduates for their contributions to the community, their profession, and PIE. This award went to Dr. Cheryl Wilson, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction.

Thank you to Jodi Elbing and Amanda Whitford for allowing your award-winning bands to provide our entertainment!  I’m so proud of y’all!

A HUGE shout out to Chris and Shawn Hoveland at The Chelsea for working with me down to the wire as our attendance figures kept creeping up!  The Chelsea Restaurant not only has excellent food and service, Chris and Shawn are good people and true professionals.  Their staff was accommodating and superbly efficient.  We couldn’t have put it all together without the hard working staff on the floor of the convention center! Lookout – we are already planning next year’s luncheon!

Si Seymour was the glue that kept us all together.  Thank you, Si, for doing such a fantastic job, and going with the flow as our itinerary changed.  You are insanely talented and I will forever be grateful.

My deepest gratitude to our sponsors, Barbara Dotterer-PIE Supreme Volunteer, and to each person who attended the luncheon in support of public education.  This event would not have happened without the cornerstones of our organization: the Craven County Schools administration and Board of Education, the volunteers who helped prepare for and worked the event, including the PIE Ambassadors and Board.

We are all good at what we do, but together, we are great.  Remember:  Get it? Got it!  Good!

These are the very best of days,





Stuff the Bus!

At all three Craven County Walmart Stores,

August 19, 2017, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the first day of school with the items required to put them on the road to success; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.

To assist those students, Partners In Education (PIE), in partnership with Craven County Schools will have bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three Walmart Stores in Craven County on August 19, 2017. Generous shoppers are encouraged to donate school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need by their school counselors.

Volunteers from the schools and our community were on hand and honking the horn of the school bus each time a donation was made as a way of showing thanks.

You can donate to Stuff the Bus throughout the year! Contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321 to arrange a drop-off! She will be sure that your donated supplies get in the hands of those most in need.

A shopping list is available by following this link, and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

Partners In Education is an educational foundation that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.  Since 1988, PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community.


PIE Membership

Dear PIE Supporters:

You have probably seen our tag line, “Together, We Are Partners.”  What makes that so important is that together we are strong, together we  grow the seeds for the success of our beginning teachers through a new Beginning Teachers’ Cottage and Store.  Together we empower creative and innovative projects in the classroom, Stuff the Bus for our in-need students, and giveaway thousands of books as a result of our Book Drive.  I ask that as you decide to support PIE, your local education foundation, you take a moment and review the attached brochure highlighting just a few of our achievements this past school year.  From a successful PIE Spring Luncheon with Governor Hunt as our guest speaker, to the many grants and programs funded through your generous donations, we can truly say “Together We Are Partners!”

Teachers, as a member of PIE, you will receive one extra point on your total grant score for PIE Grants, Wey Mini Grants, and the Twin Rivers Artists’ Assn. Grants.   Give your completed membership form to your School’s Ambassador, or you can send it directly to Darlene Brown at Central Services, 3600 Trent Road, New Bern, NC  28562.   Note:  To learn more about our grants and the due dates, or to apply for one of our grants, go to  Note:  all grants are available on Google Docs and can be accessed by going to the PIE website, under Programs.

To download a One-Time Payment Form, follow this link and return it to Darlene Brown at 3600 Trent Road. 


Donate online by going to the Getting Involved tab of this website, or follow this link.

Thank you for supporting Partners In Education, as we support our educators  in Craven County Schools.
Together we serve our students.  Together we are partners.


Don Brinkley, PIE Board President
























For a list of grants offered by PIE and outside organizations (foundations, etc.),

follow this link.


Craven County Partners In Education (PIE) is a non-profit organization committed to:

  • Enhancing the educational experience of teachers and students through classroom grants.
  • Focusing on evolving and specific needs of individual classrooms.
  • Partnering with businesses, community leaders, and educators for financial support.

Our partners are passionate about creating opportunities for our students and teachers that enable us to offer quality programs.

Craven County Educators

To learn more about the grants offered through Partners In Education, go to the Programs section of this website.

It’s Easy to Join to PIE

Want to support our Craven County Schools teachers by helping to fund our grant programs?  You can do so by joining PIE any time throughout the year!

All Craven County Schools teachers who are members of PIE earn one extra point added to the average of the reviewing committee members’ scores on their rubric for the PIE Grants, Wey Mini Grants, and the Twin Rivers Artists’ Assn. Grants.

Follow this link for more information on joining PIE.

We are pleased to offer a  Sponsorship Program to our business partners!

To learn more about how your business can support PIE throughout the year, follow this link.  This includes sponsoring the PIE Bowl, the Spring Luncheon, Stuff the Bus, and the Book Drive. And by planning your sponsorship in advance, learn how your business can get a free ad on the PIE website and be featured on the PIE Facebook page!

In memory of Cheryl Marteney.  Donate to her memorial fund on line by following this link.




For more information about Partners In Education, our programs and grants, or how you can donate, call Darlene Brown, Executive Director of Craven County Partners In Education at (252) 514-6321 or email us at

By working together we can all make a difference in education in Craven County Schools.


For more information on PIE programs or how you can get involved, contact us by email at or call us (252) 514-6321.  Fax number:  (252) 514-6352.