Committed to Excellence in Vashon Public Schools

We are celebrating 35 years of enriching education on Vashon! Since 1987, Vashon PIE supporters have donated over $1.7 million and helped PIE fund nearly 1,500 grants!

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.  For more information about PIE’s mission and to see a list of our previous grants, see “More About PIE.”


PIE grants are typically due in early Fall to allow ample time for teachers to get materials into the classroom that school year.  If there are additional funds available, PIE will open grants again later in the year. 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 accepts applications on a rolling basis.  PIE highly encourages student groups to apply for Appleford grants!  For more details on grant opportunities, see the information under “Apply for a Grant.”


Support Innovation in Vashon’s Schools!  It’s never too late to help us fund as many grants as possible — donate today! Download our electronic brochure for more information, donate by mail or online.



THANKS to our generous donors this fall, PIE was able to fund $52,049 in grants this school year. In addition to presenting the “big check” at the December 2022 school board meeting, the PIE board also recognized the three school librarians (Kathleen Lawrence CES, Vanessa Gannon VHS, Julie Jaffe McM) for their tireless work and leadership on behalf of Vashon students with homemade pies.