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Partners In Education

The Greater Columbus GA "Partners in Education" (PIE) Program was established in 1987 as a joint venture of the Muscogee County School District and the Greater Columbus GA Chamber of Commerce.  Originally known as "Adopt-A-School," its purpose was to improve education by stimulating meaningful business and community involvement in public schools. Through individual partnerships with businesses, professional organizations, churches, civic clubs and military units, schools have been able to tap into resources that helped meet the individual needs of their student body, provide excellent educational programming, and recognize academic achievements.
 
Since program establishment 30 years ago, the Greater Columbus Georgia PIE Program has grown exponentially with over 300 partners involved and over 80 schools engaged across seven school districts.  This includes public, private, and faith-based schools; five are Georgia counties: Chattahoochee, Fort Benning, Marion, Muscogee, Talbot and two are Alabama counties: Phenix City and Russell.  As of the 2017-2018 school year the program represents a total estimated value of more than $780,000 from time, financial contributions, donations of goods and services given back to our schools.  


 PIE is based on the concept that "Human Capital" is the most important resource a partner can provide. Although some businesses provide funding for specific needs, the greatest benefit to education is derived from the personal involvement of volunteers in schools.  Partnerships provide an enriching educational experience for students aimed at improving levels of academic achievement, self‐esteem, and understanding of the expectations of the work world.  Careful consideration is given to match the needs of the school with the resources of the business and once the partnership is established, the possibilities for a successful relationship are endless.  
 

A volunteer Board of Directors manages the operations of the Partners In Education program. The board is comprised of approximately 20 members representing the region’s business, military, and education communities.  The program is staffed by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce under the Workforce and Education Department at 1200 6th Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31902.


Program Resources:

2019 PIE Kick-Off Conference Presentations:

  • PIE Kick-Off Breakfast Keynote Address - Dr. Veda Johnson, Emory University
  • State of Education Keynote Address - Dr. Steve Dolinger, Georgia Partnership For Excellence In Education
  • Break-Out Session Presentations
    • The Warning Signs of Suicide 
    • Increase Your Nutrients, Increase Your Knowledge
    • Vaping Unveiled
    • Relationships Matter
    • Writing an Award Winning Game Plan
    • Rules of Engagement for Military Partners
    • Adolescent Substance Abuse

    PIE Programs:  

    PIE Newsletter:
    2019-2020 PIE Awards Applications - **Coming January 2020**
    Partnership of the Year Award Application
    Project of the Year Award Application
    Partner-At-Large Award Application
    PIE Coordinator of the Year Award Application
    Helen Johnson Heart for Education Award Application

2018-2019 PIE AWARD WINNERS:
 
Partnership of the Year: 
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School with St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Columbus, Columbus York Rite-Men of Distinction, iHeart Media, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, First Baptist Church of Columbus GA   
 
Projects of the Year:
Success Factor #1: (Improve Academic Performance) Morris R. McBride Elementary School with 2nd Battalion of the 11th Infantry and 2nd Battalion of the 47th Infantry for “Morrie’s Friends”: Reading Buddies Project
 
Success Factor #2: (Grow Career Experience) Blanchard Elementary School with Publix at Bradley Park for “Math Night” Project
 
Success Factor #3: (Enrich the Life Experience of Students) Clubview Elementary School with Piedmont Columbus Regional for “Clubview’s IB Ambassador Program” Project
 
Partner-at-Large of the Year: 
Congratulations to TSYS - IT for being name Partner-At-Large of the Year. 
 
Top 10 Winners:
  • Aaron Cohn Middle School with Pratt & Whitney (CEC), Chick-fil-A (Midland), Liberty Mutual, American Legion Post 333, Midland United Methodist Church
  •  Blackmon Road Middle School with Morningside Baptist Church, Chick-Fil-A (Bradley Park), 2nd Squadron, 16th Calvary Regimen, Columbus Technical College, Wild Wing Café 
  •  Clubview Elementary School with Piedmont Columbus Regional
  •  Columbus High School with Aflac, St. Paul United Methodist Church, The Maneuver Battle Lab, Little Caesars
  •  E.A. White Elementary School with Officer Candidate School (OCS), 2-58 Infantry Battalion
  •  Freddie Stowers Elementary School with 316th CAV, WRBL, Kinetic Credit Union, US Army Dentac, 1-29 Delta Company 
  •  Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School with St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Columbus, Columbus York Rite-Men of Distinction, iHeart Media, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, First Baptist Church of Columbus GA
  •  Morris R. McBride Elementary School with 2nd Battalion of the 11th Infantry and 2nd Battalion of the 47th Infantry 
  •  Reese Road Leadership Academy with Alfa Insurance, Winn Dixie (Macon Rd.), Christ Community Church, Alicia Menzie’s Dance Company, Little Caesars Pizza
  •  South Columbus Elementary School with Synovus, Warrior Transition Battalion, American Legion Post 333
If you have questions or need additional information please contact Angela Allison at 706-596-7007 or via email at  [email protected]  
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