Thanks to Our Major Sponsors

Craven County Partners In Education

Announces Annual Spring Luncheon

To purchase tickets, follow this link


More than 700 educators, business leaders, and elected officials will fill the New Bern Riverfront Convention and Visitors Center on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, for the Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.  This annual event raises money for Craven County schools for the PIE Grant program.  PIE awarded more than $170,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2017-18 school year.

Dr. Ervin Patrick, President of Craven County Partners In Education’s Board of Directors, announced that the luncheon will feature North Carolina Dr. Cecil Staton, Chancellor of East Carolina University as keynote speaker.

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 Havelock High Jazz band will provide the entertainment.  John Bircher, attorney with White and Allen, will emcee the event.  This event is open to the public.

Dr. Patrick 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 Craven County Schools is to be the highest performing system of public education in North Carolina.

Thank you to our sponsors:

At the Major Sponsorship Level: AlphaGraphics, Bob 93.3 & WRNS 95.1, BB&T, Bojangles’, B/S/H/ Home Appliances, CarolinaEast Health System, Century 21 Zaytoun-Raines, Coastal Carolina Health Care, Craven Community College, Craven County Schools, Edward Jones Investments, Fisher Fuel Market, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, 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, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams, Scarborough, Smith, Gray, LLP, WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, and WITN-TV,

Principal Supporters: A Dog’s Dream, The Harold H. Bate Foundation, and Duke Energy.

Educator Supporters: The Insurance Center, New Bern Family Dentistry, and Union Bank.





Stuff the Bus!

Save the Date!

August 25, 2018, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

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 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, established Stuff the Bus.

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.

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

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

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.

Morgan’s Tavern & Grill Flips Out for Pancakes for PIE to Benefit Partners In Education

Through the generosity of Candice and Adam Simmons, and their staff at Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, we served over 550 delicious pancake breakfasts (which included generous portions of pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, orange juice, and coffee) with a total of $3,791.00 donated to PIE.

Thank you to everyone who made this event a tremendous success: All of the businesses who so generously displayed our posters in their place of business and all of the people who liked and shared our event on social media. Also, The New Bern Sun Journal as our media partner continues to demonstrate their commitment to Partners In Education by playing a critical role in helping us get the word out!

This event would not have been as successful as it was without our extraordinary volunteers! Everyone stepped up and did whatever it took to make this event work, and have fun while doing it! There was one point where we were so busy, it took the synergy of everyone working together to take the money, clean the tables, organize getting people seated, and serve the pancake plates. Then what did we do? Repeat above!

It is when everyone comes together that a high energy event like this is amazingly successful! Our volunteers and the staff at Morgan’s gave up their Saturday morning during the busy holiday season and made this event exceptional because together, we are partners.

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



Hearne’s Fine Jewelry Annual Holiday Trunk Show

to Benefit Partners In Education



Who made us sparkle this holiday season? The staff at Hearne’s Fine Jewelry presented a check to PIE for $2,050 from our Trunk Show Partnership, and on hand to celebrate was PIE past president, Dr. Wendy Miller! What a sweet early Christmas gift! Thank you Mike Hearne, Laura Hearne, Jimmy Hearne, and Kim Hearne for your support! Merry Christmas to all!


The monies donated by Hearne’s Fine Jewelry will be used to support the grants and programs offered by PIE. Thank you Dr. Wendy Miller, PIE past president for being a part of this joyous celebration!


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 y

our 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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Be sure and enter Craven County Partners In Education as your AmazonSmile charitable organization! Amazon donates .5% of purchases to PIE.

#SupportPIE #TogetherWeArePartners



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.