Wake Education Partnership Announces 2012 Pieces of Gold Performance

Top Quote 29th Annual Student Arts Performance Benefits Teacher Leadership Grant Program End Quote
  • Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC (1888PressRelease) February 24, 2012 - Steve Parrott, president of Wake Education Partnership (http://www.wakeedpartnership.org/), has announced the 2012 Pieces of Gold annual student performance will be held at Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday, March 14 at 7 p.m. The show, now in its 29th year, features performances by more than 1,000 Wake County public school students from 30 different schools.

    The performance highlights student talent from around the community and honors the dedication of students, faculty and staff through the artistic Pieces of Gold presentation. Of the 65 schools that auditioned, the following schools were chosen to participate:

    - Participating elementary schools: Leesville, Briarcliff, Joyner, Sycamore Creek, North Forest Pines, Wilburn, Lacy, Barwell, Bugg, Powell, Zebulon, Underwood, Fuller, Millbrook, Washington, Pleasant Union, Fuquay-Varina, Conn and Oak Grove.

    - Participating middle schools: East Cary, East Millbrook, Martin, Moore Square, Ligon and Centennial.

    - Participating high schools: Enloe, Fuquay-Varina, Wake Forest-Rolesville, Leesville, Southeast Raleigh and Garner.

    Proceeds from this year's ticket sales benefit the Teacher Leadership Grants program, which assists teachers in improving their level of instruction to students through four types of grants including a professional learning team grant and three innovative instruction grants. To learn more about the grant program or to apply, visit: www.wakeedpartnership.org.

    Pieces of Gold sponsors include Progress Energy, Capitol Broadcasting, Golden Corral, SAS, Davidson & Jones, Duke Raleigh Hospital, AECOM, Applebee's and Progressive Business Solutions. Representatives of these organizations will attend an invite-only Principals' Reception on March 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce to honor the principals from the 30 participating schools.

    "We believe that the arts are important to the economic and cultural vitality of the communities we serve," said Rodney Gaddy, Progress Energy Carolinas Northern Region vice president. "Vibrant arts programs in our schools not only fire the imagination and provide creative outlets, they can help students to be successful across their academic experience as well."

    "The opportunity for students to engage in the arts - whether it is through theater, song, dance, visual art or so many other forms - plays a key role in creating graduates who are more creative, innovative and better prepared to deal with the challenges of the world today," said Wake County schools Superintendent Tony Tata. "This is the kind of event that helps students understand what is possible with extra effort and team work. I congratulate the students and teachers who are a part of the 29th annual Pieces of Gold show and would like to thank Wake Education Partnership for helping make this event the success it is today."

    "In addition to being a testament to the talents and hard work of our teachers, students and parents, Pieces of Gold is a tribute to the value that the Wake County Public School System places on the arts and arts education - an important acknowledgement by our schools and community that student achievement means more than performance on standardized tests," said Parrott.

    Wake Education Partnership Facebook page:

    - To purchase tickets to Pieces of Gold Tickets, visit

    - For more information about Pieces of Gold, visit

    Wake Education Partnership, an independent, non-profit advocacy group for Wake County public school system students and teachers, works with local business leaders, educators and elected officials to help reach the common goal of increasing student performance measured against world-class standards. For more information, please visit www.wakeedpartnership.org.

    Ryan Didsbury
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    ryan ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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