PIE Honors Outstanding Volunteers and Mentors

Each year Partners In Education recognizes outstanding partners and mentors who have pursued excellence in their endeavors with individual campuses and at the district level. 

The PIE Appreciation dinner was held Tuesday night to honor all of this year's groups and individuals.

Here is a list of all of those honored with awards, along with a brief description about each partner's and mentor's contributions.

Partner of the Year  A partner who achieves goals through exemplary, well-balanced participation involving volunteers,funding, in-kind services, etc.

First Bank (Booker T. Washington Elementary)

· Helped host one of the largest parent/family events in recent Booker T. Washington history

· Bought, cooked and served food for more than 300 people

· Purchased 200 Nighthawk tickets for Booker T. Washington students


Program of the Year  A program that displays the highest degree of teamwork, resource utilization and results 

Girl Scout Troop #8247 (Haynes Northwest Academy)

· Sold over 1,000 cookies to earn the $650 they donated to Haynes

· Donated $400 in school supplies

· Donated $200 in coats, hats, scarves and gloves

· Donated $50 for a Haynes family at Christmas


Organization of the Year  An organization that reflects an outstanding commitment to Partners In Education

Hirschi Realtors (Farris Early Childhood Center)

· A PIE Partner since 2001

· Provided shoes for the Head Start children since 2001

· Funded an annual shoe-shopping trip- with a visit to Santa- for 20 children

· Hirschi Realtor staff personally help fit the children for their shoes


Extra Mile Award  A partner who goes beyond the expectations of the adopted school and PIE

Union Square Credit Union (Ben Milam Elementary)

· A PIE Partner since 1997

· Gathered up four huge crates of items to fulfill the campus needs list provided by the staff, students and teachers at Milam

· Donated shirts for the entire staff at the beginning of the year

· Provided multiple staff appreciation luncheons throughout the year

· Provided a monetary donation for the Accelerated Reading T-shirts

· Provided a monetary donation to purchase T-shirts for Kirby eighth-grade students


Staff Appreciation Award  A partner whose special project(s) best support school staff 

8th Street Coffee House (Southern Hills Elementary)

· A PIE Partner since 2013

· Provided coffee and sweet treats for staff whenever needed

· Provided plates, napkins, cups, creams, and sugar for their coffee and snacks

· Provided staff treats five times a year

· Donated Thanksgiving baskets annually since becoming a PIE Partner


Rookie of the Year  First-year partner whose participation goes far beyond the boundaries of a new partner

Advantage Real Estate (Haynes Northwest Academy)

· A brand new PIE Partner for Haynes this school year

· Provided five children with a Thanksgiving dinner, birthday celebrations, a Christmas to remember and so much love

· Partnered with a Read 2 Learn volunteer and provided all students at Haynes with a book on Dr. Seuss Day


Mentor of the Year  An individual mentor whose volunteer efforts best exemplify the purpose of mentoring

Arthur B. Williams (Booker T. Washington Elementary)

· Mentor and volunteer at Booker T. Washington since the late 1960s

· Mentors a third-grade student

· Read 2 Learn mentor to a second-grade student

· Volunteers at Booker T. Washington three days a week

· Continuously works to instill a passion for learning in every student she encounters


Volunteer of the Year  An individual whose generous gifts of time contribute to student success

Joann Patterson (Crockett Elementary)

· Brand new volunteer to Crockett this school year

· Volunteers 5 days a week at Crockett

· Helps students in all grade levels in all different subjects


Mentor Program of the Year  A group mentor program that best exemplifies the purpose of mentoring

Under Cover Angels (Sheppard Elementary)

· A PIE Partner since 2015

· Mrs. Michelle Nester brought her dogs to Sheppard and let the students read to them

· The staff and students at Sheppard enjoy having her take time to share her love of reading with them


Shining Star Award  A partner (business, group, or individual) whose creative efforts for children consistently improve

children's lives in amazing ways

Juanita "Grandma" Arey (Ben Milam Elementary)

· Has been volunteering at Milam since 2015

· A 92-year-old woman whose number one priority each week is to spend every Tuesday morning helping the kindergarten students

· Spends 2-3 hours every Tuesday on campus

· Nita, better known as Grandma, simply wants the children to know that someone loves them

· Works hard building relationship with the students while helping them with everything from numbers and letters to how to be a great person

· Huge advocate for reading and always challenges and encourages the students to read, read, read!


Campus Coordinator of the Year  A campus coordinator who boldly perpetuates the mission of PIE and goes beyond the expectations of a campus coordinator

Chris Evans (Booker T. Washington Elementary)

· PIE Coordinator and Read 2 Learn Coordinator at Booker T. Washington

· Helped recruit, manage, and retain new volunteers, mentors, and PIE Partners

· Has used creative measures to help raise funds to fulfill the needs at Booker T. Washington

· Set a good example to his peers and students by demonstrating admirable personal qualities


For more information on how you can become a partner, contact January Jones, Partners In Education Coordinator at jbjones@wfisd.net or 940.235.1009. 

You may also visit their website, www.wfisd.net/PIE or Facebook page www.facebook.com/PIEWFISD.


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