Thanks to Our Major Sponsors


Thank you – Stuff the Bus event declared a success!

A shopping list is available by following this link,

and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

Donate online by following this link.

As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students and parents, but not all students are able to arrive the first day At the 2018 Stuff the Bus, through the generosity of our community, Partners In Education received over $36,000 in donations and was able to assist students in all 25 schools.

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 by working with the principals at our Craven County schools.

For more information on how you can support PIE, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at


Dear Editor:

On behalf of Craven County Partners In Education, I would like to personally thank everyone involved in the success of our “2018 Stuff The Bus” campaign.

I can’t finish tallying the numbers because we keep getting donations, but it looks like we are going to be over $36,000!  I am overwhelmed at the generosity of our community and our school family!

I want to thank all of the volunteers, bus drivers, and sponsors, and Craven County Schools administration for your tireless efforts.  Thank you to the school contacts who picked up their totes at the end of the event to expedite the delivery process.

A special thank you to those organizations who agreed to be drop off locations!  You understand the true meaning of community partnership!

Thank you to our sponsors who made this event a tremendous success:  AlphaGraphics of New Bern, BB&T, B/S/H/ Home Appliances, Bojangles’, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Craven Community College, Edward Jones, First Citizens Bank, Fisher Fuel Markets, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, Inner Banks Media:  96.3 Thunder Country & 94.1 WNBU, Learning-Focused, Mitchell Hardware, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Nationwide-Brinson Insurance Agency, Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics, The Rotary Club of New Bern, Savage’s Wood Burning Pizzeria, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Twin Rivers Lion Club, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser, Williams, Scarborough, Smith, Gray, LLP, and WITN – TV.  Many of these organizations collected school supplies in-house from their employees, and for that we are very grateful.

I would be remiss if I did not thank the Marines who arrived to save the day in Havelock.  A special thank you to Kim Hall from Texas Steakhouse and her staff for giving out goodies and coupons to those who donated and providing lunch to our volunteers at the Dr. M.L.K., Jr., Blvd. site and Ray and Doug Savage with Savage’s Wood Burning Pizzeria for providing delicious pizza for our volunteers and coupons to those who donated school supplies at Neuse Blvd.

I would also like to thank all of those behind the scenes who played a critical role in the success of this event: Sun Journal, Havelock News, C3TV (City of New Bern), CTV10 (Craven County Community Television),WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, and WITN for the sponsorship and coverage; AlphaGraphics, for their print partnership; Walmart for allowing us to park the buses and taking our collections in front of the stores in Havelock and New Bern; Savage’s Wood Burning Pizzeria, Zaxby’s and Bojangles’ for the gift coupons we used to thank donors on the day of the event; and over 160 volunteers who sorted and inventoried the items and then Stuffed the Bus, Sheriff’s Cruisers, and CarolinaEast Ambulances!

The mission of Stuff the Bus is to serve as many children as possible who have been identified as in-need by their school’s guidance counselor and principal with the needed school supplies they require to succeed in school.  These school supplies will give our students the tools they need to help keep them on the road to learning. All school supplies donated through this event are distributed to in-need children in Craven County through school principals and counselors.

An investment in Partners In Education is an investment in our workforce, our community, and our future.  Together, we are partners.


Darlene J. Brown, Executive Director

Craven County Partners In Education


Morgan’s Tavern & Grill

Flips Out for

Pancakes for PIE to Benefit Partners In Education

Save the Date!


Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown New Bern?

Join us for Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, 235 Craven Street.  Morgan’s will be festively decorated for the holiday season and is the perfect setting to start your day with pancakes, bacon, sausage, fruit cup, orange juice, coffee, and water.  All this for just $7 per adult, and $5 for children 12 and under. Breakfast will be served Saturday, December 15, from 7:00 – 10:00 am. Reservations are not required as this is a pay at the door event.  Debit, credit cards, checks, and cash are accepted.  In order to expedite seating, please have checks or cash ready.

Don Brinkley, PIE Board President explains, “This event is open to the public and is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s is generously donating all proceeds from the breakfast to PIE, who will use the funds to support our local schools through PIE grant programs.  Serving our pancakes will be Morgan’s staff along with PIE volunteers consisting of teachers, school staff members, and community supporters.”

Brandy Popp, Chair of the PIE Fund Raising Committee explains, “It is so very giving of Adam and Candice Simmons and their employees to provide the staffing, food, and venue for this event. We all know Morgan’s dishes up excellent food and our volunteers are always up for serving some ‘PIE’!  We are absolutely thrilled Morgan’s is hosting Pancakes for PIE and we encourage everyone to bring the whole family and spend the day in beautiful downtown New Bern!  We have sent a special invitation to Santa and we are hoping he will be on hand to share holiday cheer!”

To learn more about other events taking place in downtown New Bern this holiday season, go to the and websites and plan your family Christmas activities!

For more information about Pancakes for PIE, or other programs offered by PIE, contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education, at 514-6321 or



Craven County Educators

To learn more about the grants offered through Partners In Education, go to the Grants 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, International Paper 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 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.


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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.