As the saying goes, all good things must come to an end and unfortunately, the same holds true for our organization, as it has run it’s course. It is with great sadness that I announce the ending of the work that New Hampshire Partners in Education (NHPIE) has done with New Hampshire schools for more than twenty years.
Many of you know NHPIE takes special care to celebrate those individuals who give of their time to volunteer and the businesses who go out of their way to partner with schools throughout the state. This is done by having school personnel document and send information to our board for consideration of receiving a Blue Ribbon award for volunteers or a Gold Circle designation for establishing a partnership between their school and a business.
The past several years have caused us to give careful consideration to the future of our celebration and practices. The conditions contributing to the ending of our organization are as follows:
Loss of state funding
Diminishing community sponsors
Covid 19 and the interruption of the events and business of our organization
Declining profits and losses
The members of our board will greatly miss the yearly events and celebrations we’ve had in the past and the chances to meet wonderful educators, volunteers, and business leaders from around the state and to engage with special guest speakers who helped make our celebrations exciting and an opportunity to offer further learning and collaboration.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of NHPIE I wish you all the best for a safe and educationally enriching 2023-2024 school year and encourage you to continue the practice of welcoming volunteers and business partners into your schools, and to seek ways of celebrating them at the local levels. We know they are vital to sustaining quality educational opportunities for the children of New Hampshire.
Thomas J. Croteau
New Hampshire Partners in Education-Chair