Thanks to Our Major Sponsors

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

To purchase tickets online, follow this link, or contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education, at 514-6321, or


More than 600 educators, business leaders, and elected officials will fill the New Bern Riverfront Convention and Visitors Center on Tuesday, June 13 for the Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.  The annual event raises money for Craven County schools through the PIE Grant program.  PIE awarded more than $120,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2016-17 school year.

Don Brinkley, President of Craven County Partners In Education’s Board of Directors, announced that the luncheon will feature North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper as keynote speaker.  The theme is Every Child, Every Day.

Doors open at 11:30 am for seating with the event beginning at Noon.  Tickets are $25 per person. The Chelsea Restaurant is catering the event serving their famous shrimp and grits and chicken bruschetta, and H. J. MacDonald Middle and Grover C. Field Middle School bands will provide the entertainment.  Si Seymour, Past Executive Director of the Craven Community College Foundation and the Radio Color Analyst for the East Carolina University Basketball Team, will emcee the event.  This event is open to the public.

Mr. Brinkley explains, “It is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support of Craven County Schools and our public school educators and administrators.  All proceeds from the luncheon will be used to support the PIE grant program.  This program rewards creative and innovative projects in the Craven County Schools classrooms through grants awarded to teachers to fund materials for technology, science, music, and art projects, along with supplies and books for our students.”

The paramount benefit of attendance and sponsorship is that you are contributing to an increasingly skilled 21st century workforce and a community of schools recognized for its excellence. The goal of our school system is to be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina.

Mr. Brinkley also announced the sponsors of the luncheon. At the Major Sponsorship Level: AlphaGraphics; Alpha Media (Bob 93.3 and WRNS 95.1); BB&T; The Harold H. Bate Foundation; Bojangles’; B/S/H/ Home Appliances; Brinson Insurance Agency; CarolinaEast Health System; Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines; Chevrolet of New Bern; Coastal Carolina Health Care; Craven Community College; Craven County Schools; High Country Travel & Tours; Inner Banks (WNBU 94.1 and Thunder Country 96.3); Learning-Focused; The Masonboro Group; Mitchell Hardware; Moen; Morgan’s Tavern & Grill; Piedmont Natural Gas; Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law; Sun Journal; Wells Fargo; Weyerhaeuser Co.; and Williams, Scarborough, Smith, Gray, LLP;  Principal Supporters:  A Dog’s Dream; Duke Energy; and Rice’s Rentaland.  Educator Supporters:  Fisher Fuel Markets; Howard, Stallings, From, Hutson, Atkins, Angell & Davis, PA; the little bank; and Sound Bank.



Dinner Rolls with Whipped Butter
House Salad:
Fresh Spring Mix, Sliced Cucumbers, Shredded Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes,
Shredded Cheddar with Choice of Two Dressings


Fruit Salad

Shrimp and Grits


Chicken Bruschetta

Rice Pilaf


Sautéed Green Beans

Chocolate Truffle Cake


Iced Tea & Coffee



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.