Thanks to Our Major Sponsors

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

follow this link.



Announcing the 19th Annual PIE Bowl!


Click here for a link to the PIE Bowl registration form.  Note:  The bowling times are 9:00 am (sold out), 11:00 am (call for availability), and 1:00 pm.

Craven County Partners In Education announces the 19th Annual PIE Bowl on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at the Strike Zone. There will be an amazing show of support through both our sponsorship and attendance by educators and community leaders at this event.  The bowling times at 9:00 am (sold out), 11:00 am (call for availability), and 1:00 pm (available).

The School with the most teams entered wins the PIE Bowl Trophy, winning $200 and bragging rights for one year.  Last year Oaks Road Elementary and Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary walked away with that honor.

Also, there is an award for overall Best Bowlers.  Last year awards went to:  First Place:  H.J. MacDonald Middle – $200 – 1,177 pins; Second Place:  Tucker Creek Middle – Guacabowle – $150 – 1,024 pins; and Third Place:  New Bern High – $100 – 965 pins. There is a cash award of $300, $200, and $100, respectively.

There are also awards given for each time period (9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm) for Best Team Name, Best Team Spirit, and Best Team Costume.

Last year’s winners were:

9:00 am:

Best Team Name: Tie

H.J. MacDonald Middle – The EmPIEre Strikes Back – $100 & James W. Smith Elementary – “PIE”Kemon Go – $100

Best Team Spirit:   Tie

H.J. MacDonald Middle – The EmPIEre Strikes Back – $100 & Trent Park Elementary – Green Eggs & PIE – $100

Best Team Costume:  Tie

Brinson Memorial Elementary – Oly“PIE”ans – $100 & H.J. MacDonald Middle – American PIE – $100

Judges Special Recognition Categories:

Best Giveaways:  Tie

James W. Smith Elementary – “PIE”Kemon Go – $100 & Trent Park Elementary – Green Eggs & PIE – $100

Most Patriotic: Tie

H.J. MacDonald Middle – American PIE – $100 & Brinson Memorial Elementary – Oly“PIE”ans – $100


11:00 am:

Best Team Name:  Tie

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary – PIEromaniacs – $100 & New Bern High – King Pins – $100

Best Team Spirit:  Tie

Roger Bell Elementary – PIE Rollers – $100 & Havelock Middle – Gutter Girls – $100

Best Team Costume:  Tie

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary – Devious Teaching Maids – $100 & A.H. Bangert Elementary – Cereal Bowlers – $100

Judges Special Recognition Categories:

Best Giveaways:  Tie

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary – Criminal PIES – $100 & A.H. Bangert Elementary – Alligood’s Alley Cats – $100

Best Super Heroes:  Tie

Graham A. Barden Elementary – Incredibowls – $100 & Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary – Turtles on the PIE Shell – $100


1:00 pm

Best Team Name: Tie

Craven Early College – HamilPins – $100 & J.T. Barber Elementary – PIELight Zone – $100

Best Team Spirit:  Tie

Oaks Road Elementary – Pin Busters – $100 & J. T. Barber Elementary – The PIE-thons – $100

Best Team Costume: Tie

West Craven Middle – Rolling with the Undead – $100 & J.T. Barber Elementary – PIE-Pinions – $100

The Major Sponsors of this event are: AlphaGraphics; Alpha Media (Bob 93.3 and WRNS 95.1); BB&T; Bojangles’; B/S/H/ Home Appliances; Brinson Insurance Agency; CarolinaEast Health System; Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines; Coastal Carolina Health Care; Craven County Schools; High Country Travel & Tours; Inner Banks (WNBU 94.1 and Thunder Country 96.3); Learning-Focused; The Masonboro Group; Moen; Morgan’s Tavern & Grill; Pepsi Minges Bottling Group; Piedmont Natural Gas; The Strike Zone; Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law; Sun Journal; Wells Fargo; Weyerhaeuser Co.; and Williams, Scarborough, Smith, Gray, LLP


Lane Sponsors are: A Dog’s Dream, Coastal Children’s Clinic, Coldwell Banker Willis-Smith, Computer Services, Edward Jones – Dan Roberts, Fisher Fuel Market, The Insurance Center, the little bank, Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics, Rice’s Rentaland, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, and White & Allen.


All proceeds from PIE Bowl benefit Partners In Education, the local education foundation for Craven County Schools.  PIE is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the educational experience of the educators and students in Craven County Schools through classroom grants and programs.


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








Stuff the Bus!


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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 had bright yellow school buses and colorful totes set up in front of the three Walmart Stores in Craven County on August 6, 2016. Generous shoppers donated 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.


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.