Thanks to Our Major Sponsors




PIE Membership Information

Craven County Educators and Community Supporters, it’s Easy as Pie to Join to PIE!

Follow this link for Membership Forms



Craven County Schools Teachers – Grant Information


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 (be sure you are signed in to your NCEd Cloud Account to access the shared drive).




PIE Partnership/Sponsorship


Fill out the fillable pdf on the last page of the packet (follow this link to download the Partnership Packet), return it to Darlene Brown, and your partnership with Partners In Education is complete for the year!  


You can pay online – go to the Donate Online section of the website for our secure online payment system!


PIE is pleased to offer a unique program, “Planned Partnership,” at the beginning of the calendar year to help you budget your community support funds. Your partnership will help fund PIE Grants and other programs offered by PIE to our Craven County Schools teachers.  Partner with us by supporting our events!

  • 2021 Spring Luncheon:  Thursday, May 27, Noon to 1:30 pm – Havelock Tourist & Event Center. We have an extraordinary speaker planned for this year!  ($1,000, $700, and $500 sponsorships) 
  • Stuff the Bus:  August 2021 – Date to be determined – All three Craven County Walmart Stores ($700 sponsorship)
  • Pancakes for PIE: December 4, 2021 – Morgan’s Tavern & Grill ($600 sponsorship) 


Partners In Education Major Partnership:   $1,700

Sponsor all our events at the Major Partnership levels (a value of $2,300) PLUS have your company’s logo featured on the PIE website, along with a link to your company’s website through December 2021, for just $1,700!   

Fill out the fillable pdf on the last page of the packet (follow this link to download the Partnership Packet), return it to Darlene Brown, and your partnership with Partners In Education is complete for the year!  

Join us in supporting our local public school system, Craven County Schools!

We truly appreciate your support and look forward to working with you in 2021!  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Darlene at 514-6321 or at

All our best,

Michael McCoy, President, Craven County Partners In Education





PIE Good Story: Pancakes for PIE


Morgan’s Tavern & Grill

Flips Out for

Pancakes for PIE to Benefit Partners In Education

Follow this link to visit our Facebook page to see photos of this event!


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 5!

Through the generosity of Candice and Adam Simmons and their staff, we served over 500 delicious pancake breakfasts (which included generous portions of pancakes, sausage, bacon, fruit, orange juice, and coffee) with a total of $16,500 donated to PIE through ticket sales and sponsorships. 

Mike McCoy, PIE Board President explains, “This event is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s generously donated all proceeds from the breakfast to PIE, who will use the funds to support our local schools through PIE grant programs.  The Morgan’s staff gave up their Saturday morning, along with PIE volunteers consisting of teachers, school staff members, and community supporters.”

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 explains, “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 so many people came to start their day with us and then spend it in beautiful downtown New Bern!”

Darlene Brown, executive director of PIE, said, “Thank you to everyone who made this event a tremendous success:  All of the businesses who so generously sponsored this event and displayed our posters in their place of business and all of the people who liked and shared our event on social media.  Also, thank you to our media partners, Sun Journal, Bob 93.3, WRNS 95.1, WITN-TV, and New Bern Post for continuing to demonstrate their commitment to Partners In Education by playing a critical role in helping us get the word out through their in-kind partnership! And, of course, everyone who came out to eat delicious pancakes in support of PIE!”

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!

Partners In Education is a 501(c)3 nonprofit Local Education 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 by providing our educators with financial resources that enhance and reward innovative approaches to educational excellence.

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






This year, because of Covid-19, we are encouraging our supporters to donate thru the PIE website.


A school supply list is available by following this link or you can visit individual school websites for their lists.

Stuff the Bus Declared a Success!

On August 15th, Craven County Partners In Education and Staples of New Bern joined together to give local students and teachers more than 7,000 items worth over $15,000 ahead of the school year. With donations still coming in from Publix and private donors, totaling over $25,000!  In its 10th year, the annual PIE Stuff the Bus event works to provide students with supplies that are essential to starting the school year.

This year, PIE and Staples partnered ahead of the academic year that will begin remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mike McCoy, PIE president said, “With teaching shifting to online, it’s more important than ever to help our students with the supplies they will need. Anything we can supply them with, any tool we can give them to make it easier, we’re happy to do.”

The idea for Stuff the Bus started with a desire to help students in the local community. “We determined that we could help hundreds of students with school supplies because their families just didn’t have the money to purchase supplies for their children,” said Dr. Ervin Patrick, PIE past president. “We also want to give a special shout out to Target for donating several laptops and other electronics, along with over 100 tote bags full of school supplies.”

Craven County Schools teachers and administrators wore masks, brightly colored Stuff the Bus volunteer and school shirts, and accepted supplies in front of Staples on Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd., in New Bern from advance drop off location such as Staples, Target, Century 21 Zaytoun Raines, Christ Church, Edward Jones – Dan Roberts, Rankin & Fiume Orthodontics, and Toyota of New Bern. Many Staples customers and people who had heard about the event in advance, also dropped off supplies. WRNS, Bob 93.3, and deputies representing the Sheriff’s department helped with accepting supplies and greeted and thanked donors. Kids hopped on board a Craven County Schools bus and honked the horn as they made their donations!

Items were scanned by the volunteers into an inventory system written by Wayne Beasley in cooperation with Craven County Schools’ tech department for accurate record keeping.

The mission of Stuff the Bus is to serve as many children as possible who have been identified as in-need by their school’s counselor and principal with the needed school supplies they require to succeed in school. These school supplies will give our students the tools they need to help keep them on the road to learning. All donations make a difference.

An investment in Partners In Education is an investment in our workforce, our community, and our future. Together, we are partners.

Darlene Brown, Executive Director

Partners In Education

Craven County Partners In Education provides grant funding and special programs to classrooms and schools within the Craven County Schools system. It 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.



PIE Good Story: Virtual PIE Luncheon

Follow this link to view the PIE Spring Luncheon Video!

The Virtual PIE Spring Luncheon, a recorded event, will be available for viewing beginning Friday, June 5th at noon.  Some of you might not be able to view it at that time, so it will remain available for viewing on the PIE Facebook and Twitter accounts and on the PIE website.  This is a free event, no pre-registration or tickets are required.

PIE Luncheon celebrates educators

with a “virtual” lunch in place event

Over 2,000 educators, community members, business leaders, and elected officials watched the Partners In Education Spring Luncheon on the afternoon of Friday June 5th, when the luncheon was released for viewing on Craven County Partners In Educations’ social media pages and website. The event was recorded and is still available online on the PIE website at

The annual event raises money for PIE grant programs in Craven County Schools.  PIE is the local nonprofit support organization for Craven County Schools.  During the event, PIE president David Baxter announced that PIE awarded more than $270,000 through a variety of grants and programs during the 2019-20 school year.

Dr. Curtis Jones, 2019 National Superintendent of the Year and Superintendent of the Bibb County School District in Georgia was the keynote speaker.

Dr. Jones began his career in education as a JROTC instructor with the Griffin-Spalding County School System in Griffin, Georgia. He became a high school principal and then advanced to assistant superintendent, then superintendent before going to Bibb County. Before his educational career, Dr. Jones served in the United States Army, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and earned a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

He spoke about how our school staff, teachers, nutrition departments, custodians, and administration have had to put “mission first, people always” during a pandemic, to shift their way of thinking from just a few months ago.  He asked, “how do we get better?”  He believes that experiences create beliefs, those beliefs enforce our actions, and our actions get results. He said our students will remember their teachers who got them through this difficult time.  He asked that we not let education come out of COVID-19 the same way it went in.  We have an opportunity now to put in remote learning, to flip the classroom, and to be the facilitators of our students’ learning.  This is a time to expand the way we look at education. His message was one of pride for teachers and what they have accomplished in such a short period of time.

The event featured Thomas Green, a rising senior at New Bern High performing the National Anthem with his father, Bill Green.  Josiah Arnold, a rising senior at New Bern High performed an original piece, Simple Joy. West Craven High students Tabatha Wiggins, a rising senior at West Craven High performed Concertino Op. 107-Chaminade and Carson Lackey, a rising junior at West Craven High performed Centaurus by Vander Cook. Keith L. Davis, assistant principal J.T. Barber Elementary School performed a rousing rendition of You Are My Sunshine, dedicated to our teachers and staff.

After Dr. Jones spoke, it was revealed that PIE would offer a one-time grant of $2,000 to Craven County Schools principals for the 2020-21 school year in Dr. Jones’ honor for speaking.  The focus of the grant will be STEM.

Viewers of the event were encouraged to take photos of themselves watching the event with the hashtag #VirtualPIELuncheon on social media to be eligible for door prizes.

Karen Jones won a $100 gift certificate to Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, Blair Dyal won a $100 gift certificate to The Chelsea, Salla Wagner and Laura Wilson each won a $25 gift certificate to Hobby Lobby provided by Charles Benson with Edward Jones, and Katie Bell won a $20 gift card to Target.

Shout out to Morgan’s Tavern & Grill and The Chelsea for providing a very special menu that allowed our attendees to #LunchInPlace!

This was PIE’s first virtual luncheon, and the 8th annual luncheon, raising over $25,000 for PIE’s grant programs.

Thank you to our sponsor for making this a FREE virtual luncheon!




PIE Good Story: Disaster Relief Donations


Support Craven County Schools through PIE’s Disaster Relief Program

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.

During the Spring of 2020, Covid-19 forced our schools to close for the year, and teachers and students had to swiftly switch gears to online and remote learning.

There has been an outpouring of school supplies (can you ever really have enough?!), cleaning/sanitizing 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 and remote learning deployed. 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. Please give in whatever denominations you are able.

A school supply list is available by following this link or you can visit individual school websites for their lists.

You can also donate money online by following this link.  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.


Shopping Amazon?

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.

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.