Thanks to Our Major Sponsors


Morgan’s Tavern & Grill

Flips Out for

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 7!

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, orange juice, and coffee.

Thank you to everyone who made Pancakes for PIE a tremendous success:  The businesses who sponsored this event and everyone who so generously displayed our posters in their place of business and the people who liked and shared our event on social media.  Also, the Sun Journal, WRNS, Bob 93.3, and WITN as our media partners continue 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 the extraordinary staff at Morgan’s and our remarkable 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!

Brandy Popp, Chair of the PIE Fund Raising Committee explained, “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 hosted Pancakes for PIE and that so many people came to start their day with us and then spend it in beautiful downtown New Bern!”

Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year to you and yours!

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



To learn more about the grants offered through Partners In Education to our Craven County Schools teachers, go to the Grants section of this website.

Craven County Educators and Community Supporters

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 for 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!




As school begins, school supply lists are made available to students & parents, but not all students are able to arrive on the first day of school with the items required to put them on the road to success.

To assist those students, PIE, in partnership with Craven County Schools, parked a bright yellow school bus in front of the 3 Walmart locations in Craven County on Aug 24.  Generous shoppers donated school supplies for students who have been identified as in-need.

Over 205 volunteers from the schools & our community were on hand sorting & scanning items, & honking the horn of the school buses each time a donation was made as a way of showing thanks.

Fourteen businesses & organizations offered to be drop-off locations in advance of the event.  Several businesses had school supply drives & delivered those items on the day of the event. With live radio remotes, sheriff & police department cruisers, & ambulances from CarolinaEast, we had a cool, fun & high energy day!  Each donor received coupons from local businesses as a thank you.

We can’t finish tallying the numbers for the event because we keep getting donations! We are now over $70,000 in school supplies & sponsorships with approximately 38,000 items received!

Thank you to Walmart for letting us park our buses in fron

t of their stores, all of the volunteers, the bus drivers, our sponsors, & of course all of you who supported this event by making donations and volunteering the day of the event.

Particular thanks to the Marines from MCAS Cherry Point who worked the event, Caroline Godwin, William Bryant, Debra Hurst, Rebecca Lansche, Diane Bondurant, Mike McCoy, Paul Brown, Debbie Hodges, Lori, Sugg, Catherine Alligood, Ervin Patrick, & Kim Scott for acting as points of contact for their sites & Paul Tingle & Ashley Whitford for their coordination before, during & after the event.

We made our corner of the world a little better through Stuff the Bus.

If you would like to donate to Stuff the Bus, year-round, we accept school supplies at the Craven County Schools/PIE location, Central Services Office 3600 Trent Rd., New Bern.

Click here for a recommended school supply list.






Craven County Partners In Education

Announces Annual Spring Luncheon


More than 400 educators, business leaders, community members, and elected officials will fill the Havelock Tourist and Event Center on Tuesday, June 19, 2019, for the Partners In Education Spring Luncheon.  This annual event supports and recognizes teachers who won PIE Grants during the 2018-19 school year.  PIE awarded over $200,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2018-19 school year.

Don Brinkley, President of Craven County Partners In Education’s Board of Directors, announced that the luncheon will feature Col. Todd Ferry, Commanding Officer, MCAS Cherry Point, as keynote speaker.

Doors open at 11:30 am for seating with the event beginning at Noon.  Tickets are $30 per person. The Chelsea Restaurant is catering.  John Bircher, attorney with White and Allen, will emcee the event.  This event is open to the public.

Mr. Brinkley explains, “The luncheon is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support of Craven County Schools, our public school educators, and administrators.  PIE Grants are awarded to teachers for creative and innovative projects in Craven County Schools classrooms and to fund materials for technology, science, music, and art projects, along with supplies and books for our students.”

The mission of Craven County Schools is:  Together with our families and community, Craven County Schools will educate all learners to personal, professional, and civic success through challenging and personalized instruction.

Mr. Brinkley also announced the supporters of the luncheon. At the Major Sponsorship Level:  AlphaGraphics, 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, Hearne’s Fine Jewelry, Martin Marietta, Mitchell Hardware, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Neuse River Region Association of REALTORS, Inc., Piedmont Natural Gas, Pierce Group Benefits, Rotary Club of New Bern, Sumrell Sugg, Attorneys at Law, Sun Journal, Toyota of New Bern, Trent Cadillac Buick GMC, Wells Fargo, Weyerhaeuser Co., Williams, Scarborough, Gray, LLP, WNBU 94.1 & Thunder Country 96.3, WITN-TV, and WRNS 95.1 & WERO Bob 93.3, and at the Principal Level:  Duke Energy, The Insurance Group, MBF Architects, and The University of Mt. Olive – New Bern.

To learn how your organization can be a PIE sponsor, contact Darlene Brown, Executive Director, Craven County Partners In Education, at 514-6321, or or visit the PIE website at


Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system. 

Since 1989, PIE has been changing the lives of students and families in our community by providing our educators with financial resources that enhance and reward innovative approaches to educational excellence.





Support Craven County Schools After Hurricane Florence

A school supply list is available by following this link,

and is listed on the individual schools’ websites.

Donate online by following this link.

In the Fall of 2019, Hurricane Florence ripped through portions of Eastern North Carolina, dumping historic rainfall on Craven County.  Thousands of homes were flooded.

As many of our Craven County Schools have been affected, teachers will be forced to rebuild their classrooms just three short weeks after school started.

While there has been an outpouring of school supplies (can you ever really have enough?!), cleaning supplies, and personal care items. What we need now are gift cards for our teachers and schools to help them rebuild. Classrooms have to be rebuilt. Teachers use their own money to set up their classrooms, and many of them have lost everything or have been severely impacted. We ask you to help us provide our students with a safe and inviting learning environment. You can send or drop off gift certificates at Partners In Education, 3600 Trent Rd, New Bern, NC 28562. Target, Walmart, Amazon, and Staples are the most practical. In whatever denominations you want to give.

You can also donate money on line at  If you would like your donation to be dedicated to a certain school, please indicate that in the comments section when you donate online.

For more information on how you can support PIE and our Craven County Schools, contact Darlene Brown at 514-6321, or at

Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system.


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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.


Craven County Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Corporation, Tax ID #56-1335975 and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Financial information about this organization and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at 919-814-5400.  The license is not an endorsement by the State.


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.