Partners-in-Education receive Golden Apple Awards at Breakfast

By: Julie Daniels, Communications Coordinator on Jun 05, 2015

In May 2015, the Jackson Chamber celebrated the 32nd Anniversary of the Partners-in-Education program at its annual Quarterly Membership/Education Recognition Breakfast with 67 Partners-in-Education (PIE) receiving Golden Apple Awards.

Partners-in-Education is a program that was started in 1983 by the late Dr. Tommy Allen, who was Assistant Superintendent of the Jackson City School System. As soon as the program was developed, it was turned over to the chamber for administration. The chamber has served as the liaison between the business and education community ever since.

The PIE program began with 7 partnerships and now has approximately 250 partnerships today. The program creates a connection between businesses and schools, giving businesses a chance to be more involved with the future of students and our community.

“Because of PIE, schools have gained countless resources over the years – some time, some in-kind and some monetary,” says Shirley Jones, Senior Vice President, Public Affairs for the Jackson Chamber. 

At the breakfast, Golden Apple Awards were presented to local schools and businesses. In order to receive a Golden Apple Award, the schools and businesses had to coordinate 10 or more activities with their partners during the 2014-15 school year. All activities that were coordinated between partnerships had to be reported in writing to Shirley Jones, vice president of public affairs for the chamber, to receive credit.

The Bank of Jackson, the sponsor for all of the chamber’s education programs, was recognized at the chamber’s breakfast. “We are excited to have The Bank of Jackson supporting education in Jackson,” Jones said. “I have the privilege of partnering with them and I cannot say enough about their wonderful support.”

2015 Golden Apple Award winners are:

Alexander Elementary School

Allegra Print & Imaging

Arlington Elementary School

Armstrong Hardwood Flooring


Brown’s United Methodist Church

Buffalo Wild Wings

Cambridge, Ltd.

Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum

Davidson Titles

Day Treatment Program

Delta Faucet

Denmark Elementary School

DoubleTree by Hilton

East Elementary School

East Jackson Medical Clinic

Elmcroft of Jackson

Englewood Baptist Church

Express Employment Professionals

First South Bank, North

First South Bank, South

First South Bank, Thomsen Farms

First State Bank

First Tennessee Bank

Food Rite

Four Seasons Nursery

George A. Smith & Sons


Hooper Timber Company

Hub City Blue Print

Isaac Lane Elementary School

Jackson Energy Authority

Jackson Police Department - Aviation Unit

Jackson State Community College

Jason’s Deli

Kroger - Stonebridge

Lane College

Leaders Credit Union

Liberty Technology Magnet High School

Lyondell Basell

Madison Academic Magnet High School

Malesus Elementary School

Moe’s Southwest Grill

Nell Huntspon Flower Box

North Parkway Middle School

Nova Elementary School


One Hundred Black Men of West Tennessee

Owens Corning

Phi Delta Kappa

Physical Therapy of Jackson

Pope Elementary School

South Elementary School

South Side High School

TBDN Tennessee Company

Tennergy Corporation

Tennessee Army National Guard

Tennessee Department of Transportation - Jackson

Tennessee Industrial Printing Services

Tennessee Valley Authority

The Bank of Jackson


Thelma Barker Elementary School

Union University

Wal-Mart Supercenter, North

West Tennessee Business College

West Tennessee Center for Oral and Facial Surgery

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