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You can join PIE any time though out the year!

All members of PIE will receive one extra point on their total grant score for the PIE Grants, Wey Mini Grants, and the Twin Rivers Artists Association Grants.

Follow this link for the PIE Membership One-Time Payment Form.

PIE Programs and Grants are now available.  Visit our Programs page to learn more!


Beginning Teachers

The Beginning Teachers’ Store will be held at H.J. MacDonald Middle School on the following dates:

  • Monday, October 13, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Thursday, December 11, 4:00 – 5:30 pm  (Holiday Social for Beginning Teachers and Book Drive Giveaway – open to ALL educators for classrooms and media centers)
  • Thursday, February 19, 7:30 am – 3:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 23, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  (End of Year Social for Beginning Teachers)

Mark your calendars!



Congratulations to our Grant Recipients!

See our Program Page on how to apply for these grants.


Congratulations to the following winners of the Partners In Education Individual School Grant Program for Craven County Schools funded by The Harold H. Bate Foundation

September 2013:

Arthur W. Edwards Elementary School, Kathy Leffler, Principal: $5,000 to resurfacing the track at the school.  AWE has become the first school in eastern North Carolina to begin a 100 Mile Club. This program’s goal is to improve the health and fitness of all participants through running and/or walking.

Ben D. Quinn Elementary School, Curtis Gatlin, Principal: $2,900 to fund “The Vincent Van Gogh Get Healthy and Don’t Bach About It” program providing needed resources for art, music, and physical education in the classroom.

Bridgeton Elementary School, Melisa Thompson, Principal: $5,000 to upgrade the playground equipment for the play area utilizing a variety of equipment building students’ strength, social skills, coordination, balance, and motor skills.

Trent Park Elementary School, Eleanor Patrick, Principal: $4,407.87 to fund a program called “Beyond Quaver’s Marvelous World of Music.”  The program is built on twelve thematic threads key to a comprehensive music education.  All 400 children at Trent Park will be impacted.

Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School, J.T. Tribula, Principal: $5,000 to fund a motorized video screen and new audio equipment in the school’s auditorium.

West Craven High School, Karen Barrow, Principal: $5,000 to obtain a new scoreboard at West Craven High stadium.  With this scoreboard, West Craven High will be able to support athletic events both for the middle and high schools, academic activities, as well as other organizations from the community that utilize the stadium.

W.J. Gurganus Elementary School, Debra Hurst, Principal: $2,688.28 to provide the students with a drumming program called DRUM, an acronym for Discipline, Respect, and Unity through Music.


Wey Mini Grant Winners 2013-14

Partners In Education in partnership with Weyerhaeuser, offers the teachers of Craven County Schools the Weyerhaeuser Mini Grant program. This program is for hands on activities relating to a math and/or science learning activity that the teacher most likely would have purchased using their own funds. Donated funding from Weyerhaeuser allows teachers to be awarded up to $100 during each grant cycle (four grant cycles in one school year). For over eight years, Partners In Education, together with Weyerhaeuser, has been providing assistance to Craven County educators to fund hands-on activities in math and science. This program has grown over the years and allows our teachers the opportunity to purchase materials for activities in the classroom without having to spend money out of their own pocket.
Fourth Cycle:

  • Ashley Fillingame, Vanceboro Farm Life – Fraction in Action, $100
  • Robin Greene, Bangert Elementary – North Carolina Lighthouses, $100
  • Elizabeth Gatchel, Brinson Memorial – A Help with Time – It’s on the Line, $100
  • Laura Harlin, West Craven High – Marshmallow Genetics, $100
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn Elementary – Make Me a Firefly, So I Can Fly Across the Playground – $96.70
  • Sandy Parker, New Bern High – Earth Day Upcycling, $94.37
  • Fannie Rivers, Havelock Middle – Work Box Skills, $100
  • Diane Bondurant, James W. Smith Elementary – Sun-ology 101: Being safe in the sun has never been such fun!, $100
  • Ashley Fillingame, Vanceboro Farm Life – ElemInquiry: Studying Milk Weed Metamorphosis, $100

Third Cycle:

  • Naomi Clark, Havelock Middle – Come Fly a Kite with Me, $80.98
  • Tonya Gent, Creekside Elementary – Books Come Alive Through Projects, $100.00
  • Anitra Thomas, Trent Park Elementary – Graphing Goodies, $100.00
  • Rebecca Sanchez, Trent Park Elementary – “Rampin’” Up the Science in Kindergarten, $96.00
  • Kari Stallings, Trent Park Elementary – “Moving” Toward Science Exploration, $61.00

Second Cycle:

  • Amy Lewis, Rosa Ingram, & Kristin Lane, James W. Smith Elementary – Learning about ABC’s:  Ants, Bugs, and Cockroaches!, $100
  • Kaley Banks, Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary – Snow Babies!, $100
  • Tonya Gent, Creekside Elementary – Wii Are Learning Math, $100
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn Elementary – It’s Electric! Squishy, Squishy, Squishy!, $100
  • Tonya Gent, Creekside Elementary – Building Bridges with Future Engineers, $94.43

First Cycle:

  • Marianna Dunn and Diane Bondurant, James W. Smith Elementary School – Don’t Be So Pushy – $97.40
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn Elementary School – Kin-gineers – Setting Sail on the Mayflower – $94.42



PIE Grant Winners – 2013-14

Fall Cycle

  • Kimberly Scott, Trent Park Elementary – Sing Me a Story, Play Me a Song
  • Mallory Owen & Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn – Hiking Into Family Learning
  • Debbie Harris, Graham A. Barden – A Reading Safari…Let the Adventure Begin!
  • Stephanie Edwards, Brinson Memorial – Hungry for PIEpods!
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn – Let’s Get Digital, Digital
  • Kathy Barber & Michelle Gaskins, J.T. Barber – Bricks 4 Kidz
  • Mirela Rangu-Buffington, Brinson Memorial – Sensory Smart Kids
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn – Sensational Centers:  Meeting the Needs of All Learners
  • Erin Bingham, Early College East – Rockin’ Through Electric Avenue

Winter Cycle

  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn Elementary –  From Kinder Garden to Kinder Market
  • Christy Wilson, Ben D. Quinn Elementary – 24 Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf
  • Rachel Eure, A.H. Bangert Elementary – Steps to Washington, DC
  • Tonya Gent, Creekside Elementary – A Garden of the Past
  • Michelle Whitehead, New Bern High School – Bear Den Coffee House
  • Roxanne Ank, CCS ECP for all elementary schools – Cursive Success
  • Kristin Brady, Trent Park Elementary –  Zen Painting with Buddha Boards
  • Roxanne Ank, CCS ECP for NBH, WCH, and HHS – We won’t let what we cannot do interfere with what we can do
  • Megan Davis, Brinson Memorial Elementary – These steps were meant for graphing
  • Robyn Toler, James W. Smith Elementary – Chick It Out! Hatching Hands-On Learning


Martha Jenkins/Twin Rivers Art Association Mini Grant Recipients – 2013-14


  • Rebecca Harmon, Creekside Elementary – Paper Making
  • Debra Travers, James W. Smith Elementary – Batik
  • Kate Radcliff, Graham Barden Elementary – Calder Jets
  • Rachel Hunnings, W.J. Gurganus Elementary – Gyotaku Fish Prints

Partners In Education was recently awarded $1,000 from Twin Rivers Artists Association to be used for grant money for art teachers in Craven County Schools.  The grants are awarded to art teachers based on imaginative and creative art programs for their students, and are awarded by representatives from TRAA.This grant awards $250 to each of the four teachers for a total of $1,000.


PotashCorp Matching Tech Grant – 2013-14


  • Karen Barrow, West Craven High – Kindle the Reading Fire


Partners In Education together with PCS Phosphate is delighted to offer the Technology Matching Grant Program. The goal of this program is to create a learning environment rich in technology in order to equip our students with the 21st Century skills necessary for post secondary education and/or workforce readiness.




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.