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 through a scaled rubric and then have a chance to shop at the store with their “light bulbs”. This store will provide much needed materials and resources for beginning teachers to assist them in the classroom.

The store will be stocked with technology, teaching aids, professional development resources, and hands-on manipulatives. All new teachers during their first three years are eligible to participate in this unique program.

Both beginning teachers and their students are impacted by the Beginning Teachers’ Store: The students gain access to additional resources in their classroom and the teachers obtain much needed resources.

The Beginning Teachers’ Store, through generous grants from The Harold H. Bate Foundation to purchase supplies for the store, continues to be a successful retention tool for our beginning teachers and is essential to the success of our mentoring program since its inception in 2010.

Recruiting and retaining highly qualified teachers continues to be a challenge for Craven County Schools. The Beginning Teachers’ Store provides a creative and innovative resource to assist Craven County Schools when recruiting new teachers.

With the cuts in the education budget currently proposed by the state legislature, there will be an increased demand for classroom materials outside of what is currently being funded, especially for beginning teachers.

The Beginning Teachers’ Cottage and Store is prominently featured in the district’s teacher recruitment video, allowing the district to visually demonstrate support of beginning teachers. This will motivate those who are considering Craven County Schools as the next step in their teaching career with a positive perception of our Local Education Agency.

PIE also received $30,000 for Individual School Grants that address the needs of specific Craven County Schools. The grants awarded will meet the requirements and established criteria of The Harold H. Bate Foundation of health, fitness, music, and the arts. This grant is made available to each school’s principal and the maximum awarded is $5,000.

Formed in 1988, Craven County Partners in Education is the local nonprofit for Craven County Schools. The PIE Board of Directors is comprised of business professionals, community leaders, educators, and individuals that recognize the importance of a strong public school system. Partner’s mission is to support and advance the educational experience within Craven County Schools through collaborative community involvement. For more information on how you can donate supplies to the Beginning Teachers’ Store, or support the many programs PIE offers our public school teachers, contact Darlene Brown at Darlene.Brown@cravenk12.org.

Teachers make their purchases at the store last year.
A teacher makes purchases at the store last year.

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