• 40th Annual PIE Week

     

    Learn more about Partners In Education in CPS

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    Partners In Education Mission

    The Columbia Public School District’s Partners In Education program provides a vehicle through which our schools and our community can unite and, through a mutual sharing of resources, strengthen our schools’ programs and enhance our community’s economic growth.

     

    Partners In Education Mission

    The Columbia Public School District’s Partners In Education program provides a vehicle through which our schools and our community can unite and, through a mutual sharing of resources, strengthen our schools’ programs and enhance our community’s economic growth.

     

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  • Partners In Education History

    Superintendent Russ Thompson announcing the formation of Columbia Public Schools' Partners In Education program.

    Partners in Education began as a simple vision of Russell Thompson, Jim Ritter and Jolene Schulz. Together, they studied an “adopt-a-school” program being conducted in Tennessee. 

    They molded this idea into a program that would benefit Columbia Public Schools, a true “partnership” between local businesses and schools. Their name for the program, Partners in Education, became the national moniker when President Reagan accepted the idea and gave it national status. 
     
    “It was a vision of Dr. Russ Thompson, our superintendent at the time, to build a bridge between the world of work and the world of education,” former program coordinator and co-founder of Columbia’s program Jolene Schulz said.  

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