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.

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.


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
New dates: June 9-12

Join us at the Vashon Sheepdog Classic as a PIE Smart Dog Sponsor! It’s going to be another great event. Dog sponsorships should be ready in early May. Questions? Email Jenna Riggs.

2015 PIE Smart Dog Sponsors
Fundraising for PIE at the 2015 Vashon Sheepdog Classic was a huge success! Thank you to every one of our 73 PIE Smart Dog Sponsors for making the weekend fun, festive and incredibly enjoyable.

Thanks to you, a record breaking $7,300 was raised, an incredible way to kick off our fall fundraising. Congrats to the Zumwalt Family, sponsor of Ian Caldicott & Goose, this year’s combined high-score winners, and to Karen Snepp, sponsor of Janet Thorpe & Jude as well as Diana Pagel & Bliss, the winner of the 3-night stay at a condo in Whistler!

Thank you to everyone who donated to PIE for the 2014–2015 school year. Thanks to you, PIE was able to grant over $44,000, funding 41 grants used in Vashon Public Schools! Visit our Grant History page to see the list of 2014 grants.

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!