Ray Stapleton (far left) stands with Shey Daniel and Morgan County High School Principal Malanowski and Tom Wommack Monday at the Morgan County Board of Education meeting. Stapleton, Daniel and Wommack, all members of the Partners In Education group, presented the check.

Ray Stapleton (far left) stands with Shey Daniel and Morgan County High School Principal Malanowski and Tom Wommack Monday at the Morgan County Board of Education meeting. Stapleton, Daniel and Wommack, all members of the Partners In Education group, presented the check.

By Tia Lecorchick staff writer

Partners In Education (PIE), a group of community businesses and organizations partnering with the school system, distributed funds raised from the second annual “Are You Smarter Than A Morgan County Fifth Grader?” event held back in November during Monday’s monthly Morgan County Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Ray Stapleton, chair of PIE, and other PIE members Shey Daniel, Lisa Wilson, Tom Wommack and Sarah Burbach presented four checks of $550 to each of the four Morgan County schools and a $100 check to CrossRoads Alternative Education Program.

PIE also honored Jimmy Stokes, executive director of the Georgia Association of Education Leaders, who was the emcee at the event, with a PIE t-shirt.

“This money raised from ‘Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?’ goes to each school unencumbered. They can spend it in any way that is most needed at each school,” explained Burbach. Nelson Hale, chairman of the Morgan County School Board, was pleased with the results.

“It’s this kind of partnership that makes our school system what it is. Thank you all. It’s takes a community to make a good school,” said Hale.

“It’s groups like Partners In Education that assist the schools that really help account for our success. We need our community to come along side our schools.”