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 285 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, Harris, Muscogee, Talbot and two are Alabama counties: Phenix City and Russell. As of the 2016-2017 school year the program represents a total estimated value of more than $755,000 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.
Resources to Get Started:
2017-2018 PIE Awards Applications
2017-2018 PIE AWARD WINNERS:
2018 Helen Johnson Heart for Education Award
Inaugural Helen Johnson Heart for Education Award presented to its namesake Ms. Helen Johson
Partnership of the Year:
Aaron Cohn Middle School with partners Pratt & Whitney (CEC), Chick-fil-A (Midland), Liberty Mutual, Moe's Southwest Grill (Midland)
Projects of the Year:
Success Factor #1 Improving Academic Performance: Martin Luther King , Jr. Elementary School with St. Mary's Road UMC, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Columbus, iHeart Media, Columbus York Rite-Men of Distinction, Alpha Kappa Alpha Soroity. Project: 2018 Math Mania
Success Factor #3 Enriching the Life Experience of Students: Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy with TSYS and Kiwanis of Greater Columbus. Project: The Giving Sticker
Success Factor #3 Enriching the Life Experience of Students: Stowers Elementary School with 316th CAV, WRBL and Kinetic Federal Credit Union. Project: Learning Garden
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 partners Chick-fil-A (Midland), Liberty Mutual, Moe's Southwest Grill (Midland), Pratt & Whitney (CEC)
- Baker Middle School with partners 316th CAV, Cusseta Road Church of Christ, Southern Power, 4th Street Baptist Church, State Farm, The Columbus Times, Impacting Generations, Chattahoochee Valley Parent 2 Parent, LLC
- Double Churches Elementary School with partners McDonald's (Pezold Dev.), Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Ultimate Youth Sports, Launch Trampoline
- Morris R. McBride Elementary School with partner 2nd Battalion/47th Regimen
- Martin luther King, Jr. Elementary School with partners St. Mary's Road UMC, Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club Columbus, iHeart Media, Columbus York Rite-Men of Distinction, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
- Shaw High School with partners TSYS, Mediacom, WTVM Channel 9, Freeman & Assoicates, University of Phoenix
- South Columbus Elementary School with partners Synovus, Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB)
- Stowers Elementary School with partners 1-29 Delta Company, DHA Fort Benning, Kinetic Federal Credit Union and WRBL
- Wilson Elementary School with partner HHC 2/11th VET
- Wynnton Arts Academy with partners Junior League of Columbus, Communicorp, Wynnton UMC, Columbus Fire Station #6, 1-16 CAV
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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