Education Alliance Recognizes Outstanding Students and Partners in Education

Logo for Education Alliance of Washoe CountyReno, NV (March 26, 2018) –The Partners in Education program of the Education Alliance of Washoe County provides opportunities for relationship-building between schools and community, focusing on securing community resources to strengthen academics. Businesses and organizations are partnered with Washoe County School District (WCSD) K-12 schools to provide classroom supplies, expertise, donations, volunteers, and other resources. A grant from Washoe County to the non-profit Education Alliance supports the development of the program and the recognition of outstanding Partners in Education (PiE).

Partner in Education logoFunding was used to invite Washoe County High School students to design a PiE emblem for business partners to display in store windows and on their websites. Participating high school graphic and fine art programs were awarded $300 for materials, and the design-winning student received a $1,000 scholarship to be used for post-secondary education. A distinguished panel reviewed submissions and chose the design of Natasha Santiago, a senior at McQueen High School (see video of Natasha learning of her award here). With in-class mentoring by Tony Manfredi, Nevada Arts

Council Executive Director, Natasha’s design was finalized and Washoe County Manager John Slaughter unveiled it in front of an audience of 200 local leaders and WCSD educators participating in Principal for a Day on February 8, 2018 at Renown Mack Auditorium. Natasha was also presented with a $1,000 scholarship at the event.

The PiE Champion Awards were also presented at the Principal for a Day kickoff reception hosted by the Reno + Sparks Chamber of Commerce. Nominations for the PiE Champion Award were submitted by WCSD educators to recognize their outstanding Partners in Education and reviewed by a community panel. Criteria included length of the partnership, number of schools supported, depth/level of engagement, and the value of their partnership. Renown Health was awarded the Large Employer PiE Champion Award and Steak ‘n Shake was awarded the Small Employer PiE Champion Award (photos above). Awards in the shape of a pie, for Partner in Education (PiE), were presented to the PiE Champions on February 7th where principals and participants were invited to ‘Meet your Match’ before shadowing. Outstanding partner nominees included: Circus Circus/Eldorado Properties; Farmer’s Insurance-Shane McCartin; Living Stones Church; Northern Nevada Medical Center; Pinocchio’s; Read with Me; The Rock Church; and St. Catherine’s of Siena Episcopal.

If you are interested in learning how to become a Partner in Education to support local students and schools, contact the Education Alliance at (775) 353-6950 or visit our website at: Follow the Education Alliance of Washoe County on Facebook @EducationAllianceWashoeCounty, and on Twitter @EdAllianceWasho.

About the Education Alliance: The Education Alliance of Washoe County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to foster educational excellence and student achievement in Washoe County. Its programs and initiatives include Partners in Education, the Run for Education, Teachers’ Warehouse, and Principal for a Day, all dedicated to building community partnerships to help students succeed.

For more information about the Education Alliance, please contact Kendall Inskip, Executive Director, or Brittani Keefe, Collaborative Coordinator, at 353-6950 or visit

Pictured left to right below: Arch Ruth, Alice Smith Elementary School Principal; Mike Dixon, Double Diamond Elementary School Principal; Eric Vetter, Owner of Steak ‘n Shake; Mayelen Garijo, Owner of Steak ‘n Shake; Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director; Mary Basso, O’Brien Middle School Principal.

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Pictured left to right below: Tristan McElhany, Hug High School Assistant Principal; Erik Olson, VP and CEO of Renown Health; Kendall Inskip, Education Alliance Executive Director; Michelle Sanchez Bickley, VP of Human Resources for Renown Health.

Partners in Education celebration