Committed to Excellence in Vashon Public Schools

Vashon Partners in Education (PIE) is a non-profit charity whose goal is to enhance the learning environment in our public schools. We do this by funding activities and materials requested by those closest to the educational process — our teachers. Chautauqua, McMurray, and Vashon High School teachers, staff, and other community members are encouraged to submit grant proposals identifying specific needs or opportunities not addressed by the existing school budget. Grants are evaluated on educational value, innovation, need, and impact.


2015 PIE Smart Dog Sponsor 2-year-old Lucy Sackett and her family, with her handler and dog Joe Haynes and Pepper

2016 Vashon Sheepdog Classic PIE Smart Dog Sponsorships are open now!
Join us at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic, June 9-12, as a PIE Smart Dog Sponsor! Meet and greet your dog, raffle for great prizes, free entry for 2 and more! This is a fantastic fundraiser for PIE—last year more than $7,300 was raised for teacher grants.

Sponsor your dog and handler now!

More about PIE grants

PIE’s main granting period is every fall. Grant proposals are evaluated annually in late October/November and monies are disbursed upon approval for use in that for use during that academic year. In addition, PIE has a new grant opportunity made possible by a generous donation from the estate of islander Robin Appleford. The Robin Appleford Enrichment Fund broadens PIE’s goal of enhancing the learning environment in our public schools by focusing on projects and ideas that deepen learning, specifically in the areas of Civics & Community and Environment & Ecosystems. This fund is in addition to PIE’s main fall-only granting process, and will uniquely accept applications on a rolling basis.

It’s never too late to donate to PIE. For more information view the electronic version of our brochure here. For the 2015-2016 school year, we have funded 25 grants, totaling over $38,000. Please see the Grant History page for more information.

We are now included in the AmazonSmile program. Click here to have a tiny portion of your shopping dollars support PIE. (50¢ per $100 spent).

Thank you to the businesses that support PIE!