Vashon Partners in Education (PIE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit 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 Elementary, McMurray Middle School, 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.
A Special Note about FALL 2020:
Normally, PIE’s main granting period is every fall. However, due to Vashon School District’s current remote learning model, the PIE board will be reviewing grant proposals monthly; once in September, once in October, and once in November. Please visit our forms section to apply.
The first grant deadline is September 15th, additional grant deadlines will be October 15th, and November 15th. We may also have a Spring grant cycle, depending on availability of funds.
In addition, PIE has a 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.
2019-2020 Fall Granting Update
PIE is pleased to announce that thanks to our donors, we were able to fund 36 grants, worth over $51,000 for the 2019-2020 school year. You can see our grant recipients here.
Vashon Sheepdog Classic 2020 cancelled
We are sad to announce that the Vashon Sheepdog Classic 2020 has been cancelled, due to the virus outbreak. From the VSC folks: “In an abundance of caution with the safety for our handlers, vendors, volunteers and attendees and in a conjunction with the USBCHA guidelines to withhold Sheepdog Trials through at least June 10, we’ve made the decision to cancel the 2020 Vashon Sheepdog Trials and all events associated with the Trials.”
If you are interested in being a PIE Smart Dog Sponsor in 2021 contact Jenna Riggs to be put on our contact list when the sponsorships open. For more information about our PIE Smart Dog Sponsorship program, visit the program page here.
PIE Grants in Action
Check out this video from Chautauqua Elementary — this is a wonderful example of YOUR donations at work!
Thank you to all of our amazing supporters at the 2017 Vashon Sheepdog Classic—we officially sold out of sponsorships and raised more than $11,500 toward our fall fundraising for teacher grants in the 2017-2018 school year. Thank you!
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