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One of PIE’s key values is to forge partnerships with other organizations to achieve shared objectives that benefit the Vinalhaven community. We believe that sharing the work of supporting learning opportunities for our children better serves our community, and we are proud of our ability to find creative ways to do this.
PIE’s oldest and most important partnership is with the Vinalhaven School (VHS). In fact, PIE was formed in 1999 to raise money for Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall and the George K. Joseph Library in the new school building – neither of which would have been possible without this community support. We have also partnered with VHS on managing the theater and funding a drama position, and have shared several Island Institute Fellows. In 2016, PIE and VHS forged a partnership to offer SCAMPS: summer school enrichment camps in the arts and robotics for ages 5-13 that take place at school. You can find out more about SCAMPS on our programs page by clicking here.
PIE and Vinalhaven Land Trust co-sponsor Perspectives After School, ensuring that this wonderful and popular program is available to Vinalhaven students in grades K-5 two days a week during the school year. Since 2015, the Vinalhaven School has provided a home for Perspectives. To learn more, click here to go to our Programs page or click here to check out the photo blog spot.
As part of our commitment to providing summer programs for children, PIE has begun a partnership with Tanglewood 4H Camp in Lincolnville, ME to offer one-week camps to kids ages 4-11 on Vinalhaven. Last year the kids had a blast – it was a great program. So in 2018, we are expanding the camps from two to three weeks! This type of partnership with off-island organizations is new for PIE and we’re very excited! Thank you Tanglewood for sending out some great counselors and curriculum!
In partnership with the Experiment in International Living, PIE awards an annual $5000 scholarship to one high school student to attend an Experiment summer travel and learning program. The Experiment is the oldest and one of the most respected organizations of its kind. What an amazing opportunity!
With Fox Islands Concerts, PIE’s Vinalhaven School Enrichment Program has sponsored music residencies and concerts for students at Vinalhaven School with musicians like Art Baron, and the Bridge Ensemble. We are grateful for their support of music for Vinalhaven students and look forward to more opportunities to collaborate in the future.
Thanks to our partnership with the Seal Bay Festival, a contemporary chamber music workshop that takes place on Vinalhaven every summer, PIE hosts a benefit concert in July by the Cassatt Quartet, the festival’s widely acclaimed resident chamber ensemble.
We look forward to finding more ways to partner with other organizations in the future!