Since 1995, Aiken County schools and teachers have turned to Public Education Partners for supplemental support.
“It is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation, and it was set up to engage community support for quality public education with positive initiatives that create improvement in our schools,” said executive director Jeff Howell.
Its programs include a project of the month, which provides up to $600 to a teacher for his or her class; the Garcia Orchestra Project; and raising funds for synergistic modules labs.
The organization will implement its eighth synergistic modules lab at Paul Knox Middle School this school year and will have a grand opening for the lab in September, he said.
“We try to help the schools, teachers and students,” he said. “We try to supplement the teachers with equipment or different things they can use for their classroom.”
Another popular program the organization offers for Aiken County educators is the summer institute which is held each year in June, he said.
“It’s called Building Bridges to the Aiken County Health and Human Services Network,” he said.
“It’s specially designed for the teachers to help them recognize troubled children and students.”
This summer, about 70 nonprofit organizations presented during the institute, he said.
Public Education Partners relies on donations and fundraisers to help support these programs, said Howell.
The organization will have its annual campaign Aug. 29-31 in front of its office in downtown Aiken.
There will be art displayed and strings students playing, he said.
On Sept. 8, it will have an Aiken to Ride Thoroughbred Country fundraiser, a bike ride through Aiken County. It’s also being presented by the Aiken Bicycle Club.
A cookbook filled with recipes submitted by Aiken County teachers and principals is also in the works and is expected to be ready by the holidays, said Howell.
Those who would simply like to make a donation can do so by going to the
organization’s Web site, public
edpartners.org, or by calling, (803) 649-9040.
“If they like to, people can specify a specific program or a certain school they would like to get the money,” he said.
The organization’s office is located at 208F The Alley, Aiken.