Looking for the perfect way to have a delicious pancake breakfast before visiting Santa in Bear Plaza, taking in some shopping, and enjoying the many activities happening during the holiday season in beautiful, historic downtown New Bern? New Bern, North Carolina’s Colonial Capital, literally transforms into a wonderland the entire Christmas season. Streetlights and storefronts are decorated, and the community comes together to create a magical time for kids young and old. Amid the holiday bustle, Adam and Candice Simmons, owners of a downtown New Bern landmark, Morgan’s Tavern & Grill, take time out of their busy holiday schedule on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, fromRead More →

This event has become known all over the region as a tasty tradition “must do” before starting a day of shopping and attending Christmas-themed events held during New Bern’s Beary Merry Christmas season. Mike McCoy, PIE president, explains, “This event is an excellent opportunity for our community to show their support for Craven County Schools.  Morgan’s generously donates all proceeds from Pancakes for PIE to fund grant programs administered by PIE for Craven County Schools.  The Morgan’s staff, along with PIE volunteers, will be dressed in Christmas-themed sweaters and Santa caps to greet and serve you.” Join us for Pancakes for PIE at Morgan’s TavernRead More →

Craven County Partners In Education was recently presented with a $1,400 check for the Stuff the Bus campaign by Baxter Eye Care. It is through generous community partnerships that Stuff the Bus can help in meeting the needs of those students who have been identified as in-need in Craven County Schools. From July 15-August 21, Baxter Eye Care donated $10 for every pair of eyeglasses purchased to the Stuff the Bus campaign. Stuff the Bus was held Saturday, August 15. However, donations are accepted throughout the year at Craven County Schools, Central Services, 3600 Trent Road. A school supply list can be found at https://cravenpartners.com/.Read More →

As a non-profit organization, Craven County Partners In Education relies on the support of its membership to help fund the essential role it plays in supporting Craven County Schools to become the best public school system in North Carolina. Mike McCoy, PIE President, said, “As we start the new school year, you have probably seen the tag line for PIE, ‘Together, We Are Partners.’ What makes this Membership Drive so important is that together we grow the seeds for the success of our beginning teachers through a new Beginning Teachers’ Store. Together we fund creative and innovative projects in Craven County Schools classrooms and StuffRead More →

The International Paper Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to Craven County’s Partners In Education to help increase student reading achievement and literacy. This grant is just one example of International Paper’s commitment to the company’s signature causes, which include education, hunger, health and wellness, disaster relief and initiatives that improve our planet. The company is committed to addressing critical community needs where our employees live and work. The most successful way to improve the reading achievement of our students is to increase their access to print. Mike McCoy, President of Partners In Education, explains, “The two objectives of the grant are: 1) Improve studentRead More →

Partners In Education (PIE) announced a grant award from The Harold H. Bate Foundation of $25,000 for the Craven County Schools Cheryl Marteney Beginning Teachers’ Cottage. The Beginning Teachers’ Store provides needed resources for new teachers to be effective in the classroom. This program assists Craven County Schools in recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers. It is a program designed to enhance the classroom experience for both our new teachers and their students. This program will impact new teachers by encouraging them to go above and beyond and rewarding them for their hard work and efforts. Beginning teachers earn “light bulbs” from their mentors throughRead More →

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office is holding its third annual “Stuff the Cruiser” fundraising event to support local students. A cruiser will be parked in front of Staples, next to a Craven County School bus, on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. to accept donations. Bring school supplies and say hello to Craven County sheriff’s deputies while helping students start the school year on the road to success. All proceeds and donations will benefit children in the community who have been identified as in-need by their principal through PIE’s #StufftheBus campaign. If you know of a Craven County school child in need ofRead More →

Craven County Schools students will be learning remotely for the first semester this upcoming school year, and need your help more than ever in getting those students who have been identified as in need by their principals and counselors the school supplies they will need.  Just because they are learning from home does not mean they won’t need school supplies. To assist those students, Partners in Education (PIE) will have a bright yellow school bus and colorful totes set up in front of Staples in New Bern on Aug. 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m..  The supplies collected will be disbursed once school starts byRead More →

B/S/H/ Home Appliances is passionate about starting our students back to school with the school supplies needed to start them on the road to success. PIE president Mike McCoy and B/S/H/ Home Appliances Vice President Andy MacLaren announced that B/S/H/ Home Appliances has agreed to be the Title Sponsor for Stuff the Bus. MacLaren said, “BSH recognizes that not all students will have the supplies they need on the first day of school; some parents simply can’t afford to purchase the items needed.” McCoy said, “To assist those students, PIE will have a bright yellow school bus and colorful totes set up in front ofRead More →

We all have moments in life that make us who we are. Curtis Jones was a black high school junior raised in Griffin, a small Georgia mill town. For him, that moment was when his French teacher was absent. Let’s set the stage. Jones grew up a poor, second-class citizen in the segregated South in a house across the street from the very railroad tracks that separated the community, black from white. His best friend didn’t make it through 8th grade. Others didn’t make it through life at all. Though his hometown was segregated, the schools there were desegregated in 1971, his sophomore year. ForRead More →