Wichita Falls ISD

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Partners In Education

Partners in Education Banquet Celebrates Its Volunteers

Awards honor nine exemplary PIE Partners

        PIE      PIE Awards Reception
Sunflowers set a sunny theme at the 26th annual Partners in Education banquet May 5 at the MPEC. Joe Clement, who won the Campus Coordinator of the Year award, stands with PIE Coordinator January Jones shortly after Mr. Clement won the prestigious PIE honor. He coordinates Read 2 Learn and PIE activities at the Scotland Park campus. “I don’t live here for the mountains, the lakes or the ski slopes,” he told a crowd of 350 PIE volunteers. “I’m still here in Wichita Falls for the people." 

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

2015 winner: Golden Chick - Greg Stockton, owner (Serving Rider High School) 

* 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 jbjones@wfisd.net 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.


Whether you are a small business, major corporation, nonprofit organization, civic leader, college student, or retiree, our schools and students need you.  Your involvement with Partners in Education, whether inside or outside the classroom, is an investment in our children, our community, and our future.  Find your slice of PIE today!
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