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
2016-2017 PIE AWARD WINNERS:
Partnership of the Year:
Columbus High School with partners AFLAC, Maneuver Battle Lab, St. Paul UMC, Mathnasium
Projects of the Year:
Success Factor #1 Improving Academic Performance: Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy for their Mystery Writing Project with business partner TSYS
Success Factor #1 Improving Academic Performance: Wilson Elementary School for their Caine's Arcade Project with military partner HHC 2 - 11 IBOLC
Success Factor #2 Growing Career Opportunities: Double Churches Middle School for their ET3-Engineering, Technology, and Trades on Tuesday Project with their business partner Pratt & Whitney (Cols. Forge)
Success Factor #3 Enriching the Life Experience of Students: Blackmon Road Middle School for their 2016-2017 Eagle Pride Physical Fitness Challenge Project with partners Ft. Benning 2nd Squadron -16th Cavalry Regiment, Columbus Technical College, Morningside Baptist Church, Wild Wing Cafe', and Bradley Park Chick-fil-A
Partner-at-Large of the Year:
Congratulations to the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts 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) View
- Carver High School with partners Citizen Trust Bank, Columbus-Ft. Benning Medical Society, Ft. Benning Garrison, Freeman & Associates, Georgia Power, New Destiny Church View
- Columbus High School with partners AFLAC, Maneuver Battle Lab, St. Paul United Methodist Church, Mathnasium View
- Double Churches Elementary School with partners Launch Trampoline, Mt. Zion Church, Pezold Management Company, Ultimate Youth Sports View
- Double Churches Middle School with partners Pratt & Whitney (Cols. Forge), Disabled American Veterans-Muscogee Chapter View
- Downtown Elementary Magnet Academy with partners TSYS, Kiwanis of Greater Columbus View
- Morris R. McBride Elementary School with partner 2nd Battalion 47th Infantry Regiment View
- Shaw High School with partners Freeman & Associates, Mediacom, TSYS, University of Phoenix, WTVM View
- South Columbus Elementary School with partners Columbus Bank & Trust, Warrior Transition Battalion View
- E.A. White Elementary School with partners 2-58 Infantry, Officers Candidate School, WHINSEC View
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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