Partners in Education Banquet Celebrates Its Volunteers
Awards honor nine exemplary PIE Partners
Each year, Partners in Education recognizes outstanding business partners and mentor volunteers who serve students, teachers and schools with excellence.
For the past 26 years, Partners in Education has been WFISD’s way of bringing a brigade of helping hands, listening ears and servant hearts into our schools to expand the ways we help children. Scores of local businesses provide the finances to underwrite creative projects that reward teachers, provide classroom supplies and pay for the extras that classrooms need.
Here are the 2014-2015 PIE award winners.
Partner of the Year – A partner who achieves goals through exemplary, well-balanced participation involving volunteers, funding, in-kind services, etc.
2015 winner: Raising Cane’s – Chris Hadley, General Manager (Serves as district PIE Partner and Read 2 Learn sponsor)
* A PIE Partner for two years
* Provided Read 2 Learn staff training meals
* Provided meals for staff during STAAR preparations
* Provided student meals throughout the year for many campuses
* Sponsored Read 2 Learn dog tags that were given to children at the annual Read 2 Learn rally
Program of the Year – A program that displays the highest degree of teamwork, resource utilization and results
2015 winner: Wichita Falls High School PALS (Serving Southern Hills and Zundy Elementary Schools)
* Sent 37 high school PALS volunteers to the Read 2 Learn program at Zundy Elementary
* Sent 13 high school PALS volunteers to Southern Hills Elementary
* Served as an elite group of students who demonstrates teamwork
Organization of the Year – An organization that reflects an outstanding commitment to Partners in Education
2015 Winner: Junior League of Wichita Falls (Serving Zundy Elementary)
* A PIE Partner since 2009
* Gave 50 Zundy families generous gifts, food, and a party for Christmas 2014
* Gave donations and assistance to Zundy’s inaugural “Mom’s Night Out” event, funded field trips, and provided student reading incentives
* Packed 185 Power Paks (backpacks filled with food) weekly to make sure children were fed over the weekend
* Provided dinner and helped with Cotillion, which teaches social skills to sixth-graders
* Coordinated “Kids in the Kitchen” program with first- and second-grade students
Extra Mile Award – A partner who goes beyond the expectations of the adopted school and PIE
2015 winner: Anthony and Karla Scott, owners of Catfish Grill, Oyster Bar & Grill, Highway Café, Scott’s Drive-In (Serving West Foundation)
* A PIE Partner for 5 years
* Helped pay for Field Day T-shirts, dunking booth rentals, and free Kid’s Meal certificates
* Donated gift cards at Christmas and underwrote the cost of a prize given out at a staff member drawing at year’s end
* Provided money or food for all West Foundation faculty luncheons
* Purchased technology for second-grade teachers to use in their classrooms: 2 iPads, 2 screen protectors, 22 headphones, and media room VCR/DVD players
Staff Appreciation Award – A partner whose special projects best support school staff
* A PIE Partner for 23 years!
* Frequently donated free meals and gift certificates to teachers and students
* Catered year-end teacher dinner
* Donated prizes and gift certificates for year-end faculty golf tournament
Rookie of the Year – First-year partner whose participation goes far beyond the expectations of a new partner
2015 Winner: Law Office of Dustin E. Nimz (Serving Ben Franklin Elementary)
* Gave $500 to purchase art supplies
* Gave $150 to help with Franklin Fest, a school festival
* Gave $500 to purchase musical instruments and CDs
Mentor of the Year – An individual mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentoring
2015 winner: Placido Ramirez (Serving Ben Milam Elementary)
“Mr. Ramirez goes above and beyond the call of duty as a mentor. He is truly an inspiration, and we wish we had more male mentors like him for our WFISD students. He mentored three students at Ben Milam Elementary this year. He has been a mentor for more than five years. He mentors two days a week. He is a positive role model, and his mentees have enjoyed a special bond with him. His mentees always have a smile on their faces when Mr. Ramirez visits. He has built strong relationships with his mentees by visiting weekly and getting them involved in conversations and playing games such as soccer, football or basketball.” – January Jones
Mentor Program of the Year – A group mentor program that best exemplifies the purpose of mentoring
2015 winner: Wichita Falls Teacher’s Federal Credit Union (Serving Barwise Junior High and Washington/Jackson Elementary)
* A PIE Partner for 21 years!
* Provided mentors and Read 2 Learn volunteers for Washington/Jackson Elementary
* Provided funds to support students and the school’s standardized dress program
* Frequently lent a hand in creative ways to support our teachers and students
Campus Coordinator of the Year – A campus coordinator who boldly perpetuates the mission of PIE and exceeds the expectations of a campus coordinator
2015 winner: Joe Clement, Scotland Park
* PIE Coordinator at Scotland Park Elementary
* Previously served as Alamo Elementary’s Read 2 Learn and PIE Coordinator
* Recruited, managed and retained 100 volunteers/mentors in 2014-2015
* Demonstrated a passion and love for students, teachers, Scotland Park, and its PIE program that permeated his campus
For more information on Partners in Education, contact January Jones, Partners in Education Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 235-1009. You may also visit the website at www.wfisd.net/PIE or Facebook page, www.facebook.com/PIEWFISD
Partners In Education (PIE) connects businesses, organizations, and individuals with schools to enhance student learning. Through the establishment and nurturing of purposeful relationships between community leaders and educators, PIE strives to leverage skills, talents, and resources to reinforce the district’s mission to prepare all students to become lifelong learners who are productive, responsible, and participating members of society.
Partners In Education impacts:
- Students by enhancing opportunities and empowering the pursuit of meaningful and fulfilling lives in an ever-changing world.
- Schools by implementing effective programs and support to bridge the gap in high-need areas.
- Partners by fostering a hands-on approach to cultivate future employees and consumers, a deeper understanding of the school system, and increased morale and public recognition.
- Volunteers by providing a mechanism for community involvement, sharing of expertise and experiences, and direct influence for academic, life skills, and character development.
Partners In Education is vital in helping the community and school system work and grow together.