Ward & Smith Employees Donate Classroom Supplies for the Beginning Teachers’ Store
Each year the staff at Ward and Smith, P.A. selects a local nonprofit to support in lieu of giving interoffice holiday gifts. This year, in honor of The Cheryl Marteney Beginning Teachers’ Cottage, the staff at Ward & Smith donated school supplies, gift cards, and money to purchase supplies for the Beginning Teachers’ Store. Beginning teachers earn credits from their mentors through a scaled rubric and then shop at the store with their credits. The store provides much needed materials and resources for beginning teachers to assist them in the classroom. Ward and Smith, P.A. has been a part of Partners in Education since 1987 when Cheryl Marteney first joined its Board and continues its support of PIE and the public school system and its teachers through these generous gifts in Cheryl Marteney’s memory. Pictured at the presentation are, from left to right, Necia Swain, Beginning Teacher Mentor; Ken Wooten; Erica Rogers; Meghan Switzer; Mary Harris; David Horne; Lee Hodge; Ryan Simmons; Angela Doughty; Don Eglinton; and Ervin Patrick, PIE board member.
A “wish list” of supplies can be found by following this link. Contact Darlene Brown, Partners In Education, at 514-6321 to learn how you can assist us with getting these much needed items into the hands of our beginning teachers.
Morgan’s Tavern & Grill Hosts Pancakes for PIE to Benefit Partners In Education
On behalf of the board of directors of Craven County Partners In Education, thank you to everyone who attended our “Pancakes for PIE” event at Morgan’s on Saturday, December 10!
Through the generosity of Candice and Adam Simmons, and their staff, we served over 550 delicious pancake breakfasts (which included generous portions of pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, orange juice, and coffee) with a total of $3,600 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 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!
Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Darlene Brown, Executive Director
Craven County Partners In Education
For a list of grants offered by PIE and outside organizations (foundations, etc.), follow this link.
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 www.CravenPartners.com/programs. 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!
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.
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 Darlene.Brown@cravenk12.org.
By working together we can all make a difference in education in Craven County Schools.