Partners in Education

Representatives from the College and Career Institute (CCI) enjoyed meeting with their business partners during the PIE Midwinter Workshop held at Central Baptist Church on February 4, 2016.

Partners in Education hosts three main events during the year where business and community partners can meet and network with administrators and top officials with the Douglas County School System to develop ideas for successful partnerships. All PIE members and potential members are invited to these events. Invitations are sent out via email, so please make sure you fill out a PIE formand give it to the school principal or PIE contact so that you are added to our email list. Mark your calendar now for these important PIE events for 2018-2019!

PIE "Thankful for Partners" Workshop: Tuesday, November 27, 7:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church

PIE Year End Recognition: Date TBA, 7:30 a.m. at GreyStone Power Corporation

Students, staff and community have been served by the Douglas County Partners in Education (PIE) program for over two decades. The PIE program is designed to provide a hands-on opportunity for local businesses and organizations to share their expertise, time, ideas and experience to enrich the students in the community. Partners -- defined as both the business or organization and the partnering school or district -- agree to specific goals and activities for the benefit of students. During the 2016-2017 school year, there were over 500 active partnerships in the program.

All PIE relationships are individually designed to have a positive impact on student achievement; cultivate the leadership potential of system employees, students and parents; and build communities of lifelong learners. School partners work to recognize and reciprocate the contributions of the business partners. Each year school staff and business staff develop a comprehensive plan that will have an impact on student achievement.

Any business or organization in the Douglas County area is invited to participate in the PIE program. There are no dues or fees to become an active Partner in Education. The only thing needed is an interest in student achievement and the willingness to become involved in the program. Opportunities to participate in PIE are virtually unlimited.

A few ways that partners often choose to become involved are:

  • Assist/support school activities
  • Provide tutoring and classroom help
  • Give certificates/awards for academic achievement, attendance, and good citizenship
  • Bring your skills into the classroom for a Career Day or teach employment readiness and present on curriculum-related topics
  • Be a judge for a Science Fair, Math Fair, Spelling or Geography Bee
  • Donate supplies and equipment
  • Award mini-grants to teachers
  • Provide Teacher of the Year recognition and/or host teacher appreciation events

Direct benefits of participating in the PIE program include:

  • A better educated workforce
  • An opportunity to become known in the school community as well as the business community
  • Recognition in school and community publications
  • Positive impact on employee morale from participating in the program

A business or organization can partner with one school or multiple schools and/or partner with the school district on a specific program or initiative.

To become a partner, contact the principal of a school to discuss your interest in the program or contact Douglas County School System Community Relations Director Karen Stroud at or 770-651-2035.

The Partners in Education Committee oversees the program and is comprised of business and school representatives. Ms. Vicki Harshbarger, GreyStone Power Corporation, currently serves as the Committee Chair. Those interested in serving on the committee may contact Mrs. Harshbarger at GreyStone at 770.370.2039 or Mrs. Stroud at 770-651-2035.

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