Partners in Education

The Greater Columbus "Partners in Education" (PIE) was established in 1987 as a joint venture of the Muscogee County School District and the Greater Columbus 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, public and private schools are now able to tap resources to meet the individual needs of each student body, provide excellent educational programming, and recognize achievement.

A volunteer board of directors governs the operations of PIE. The board is comprised of approximately 30 members representing the region’s business, military, and education communities. This includes private schools; Fort Benning schools; and public school districts of Chattahoochee, Harris, Muscogee and Talbot counties. The program is staffed by the Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce under the Talent, Retention and Community Development Department at 1200 6th Avenue, Columbus, Georgia, 31902.

Partners in Education provide for the development and support of regional education partnerships, including 80 schools and approximately 230 partnering organizations. These partnerships provide for increased educational and enrichment opportunities for students aimed at improving levels of achievement, self-esteem, and understanding of the expectations of the work world. Partnerships also provide for school staff education and recognition, thereby increasing staff morale and enthusiasm. 

PIE is based on the concept that "human capital" is the most important resource a partner can provide. Although businesses sometimes provide funding for specific needs, the greatest benefit to education is derived from the personal involvement of volunteers in schools. Service companies, manufacturing firms, civic organizations, military units, and even churches have created successful partnerships. Careful consideration is given to match the needs of the school with the resources of the business. 

Once the partnership is established, the possibilities for a successful relationship are endless. Partners develop mentoring programs, pen pal programs, honors/awards ceremony, tutorials, teacher recognition programs, computer enhancement programs, field trips, career days, workshops for parents, speaker's bureaus, life skills workshops, and much more! School partners provide entertainment, hosts and hostesses for special events, meeting rooms/facilities, decorations, and grateful smiles.

Resources to Get Started:

PIE Application- Please contact Angela Allison at 706-327-1566 for more information.  

Award Application



1.       Improving academic performance

2.       Growing career opportunities

3.       Enriching the life experience of the student

4.       Developing and enriching the faculty experience

The winners are:
Partnership of the Year:  South Columbus Elementary with partners Columbus Bank & Trust and the Wounded Warrior Transition Battalion  VIEW
Projects of the Year:
Success factor #1(Improving Academic Performance) Fox Elementary with Burger King (Schuster Enterprises), Brookstone School and Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church
Success factor #2: (Growing Career Opportunities) Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary with 203rd BSB, Clear Channel Radio, Delta Sigma Theta, Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office, St. Mary’s Road United Methodist Church, Legacy Dealership, and Buffalo Soldiers Motor Cycle Club of Columbus, GA, for their "Girls Rock" project
Success factor #3: (Enriching the Lives of Students) Faith Middle School with Directorate of Emergency Services, 209th MP Detachment, Troy University and HHC 3-11th Infantry Officer Candidate School
Success factor #4(Developing and Enriching Faculty Development) Kendrick High School with Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, Warrior Training Center BN S1, and Eddie L. Roberts American Legion Post 333
Partner-at-Large of the Year: Congratulations to the Bo Bartlette Center for being named Partner-at-Large of the Year.
Top 10 Winners:
  • Frank R Loyd Elementary partners with WRBL, Kinetic Credit Union and the 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment VIEW
  • Wynnton Arts Academy partners with Junior League of Columbus, Wynnton United Methodist Church and Communicorp VIEW
  • Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy partners with TSYS and the Kiwanas Club of Greater Columbus VIEW
  • Blackmon Road Middle School partners with Chick-fil-a Bradley Park Dr., Morning Side Baptist Church, Columbus Technical College and 2-16 Cavalry Squadron VIEW
  • Don C. Faith Middle School partners ith Central Texas College, Directorate of Emergency Services, 209th Military Police, Faith Middle Parent-Teacher Organization, Troy University, and HHC, 3-11 Infantry Officer Candidate School (O.C.S) VIEW
  • Aaron Cohn Middle Schools partners with Pratt & Whitney, Liberty Mutual, Chick-fil-a Midland, and Moe’s Southwest Grill Midland VIEW
  • Shaw High School partners with TSYS, Mediacom, University of Pheonix, WTVM and Freeman & Associates VIEW
  • Wilson Elementary School partners with 2-11 IBOLC Infantry VIEW
  • E.A. White partners with WHINSEC and Officer Candidate School VIEW