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A Sweet Celebration: AISD Schools Hold Peace Through PIE Events

Some Austin ISDschools are holding Peace Through PIE—which stands for Peace Includes Everyone—events during January to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

Austin-based nonprofit Peace Through PIE encourages community partners to hold community-building pie socials to promote peace.

“Now more than ever, we need creative ways to come to the table, build new relationships and learn how to see ourselves in each other to grow stronger together,” said Peace Through PIE founder Luanne Stovall.

Since 1995, when Peace through PIE founder Luanne Stovall baked the first peace pie for MLK Day, the culinary tradition has spread from Austin to the rest of the country. More than 45,000 young people and families have taken part in more than 300 Peace through PIE socials since 2009.

For more information about Peace Through PIE visit Below is a list of events that AISD schools are participating in:

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 10 a.m.noon

Baking Workshop for the Jan. 13 Peace Through PIE Social

Travis Early College High School Culinary Arts Kitchen, 1211 E. Oltorf St.

H-E-B is sponsoring an event with Travis ECHS Chef Adam Phillips and Travis culinary arts students, who will create pie recipes along with Master Chef Hoover Alexander’s 2017 Peace PIEof the Year, Dream Big Sweet Tater Pie. 

Friday, Jan. 13, 1:30–4 p.m.

Sixth  Annual  Travis  High  School  MLK  PEACE  through  PIE Social

Travis Early College High School cafeteria; 1211 E. Oltorf St.

H-E-B is supporting this pie social, hosted by students from Travis High School culinary arts and health and wellness classes. Pie will be served while the Travis Mariachi Band and Guitar Club shares music. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, Jan. 13, activities throughout the day

Fifth  Annual  Mathews  Elementary  School  MLK  PEACE  through  PIE Social

Mathews Elementary School, 906 West Lynn St.

This daylong event for students and staff ​features students reciting the PIEoneer Pledge, a pizza pie lunch and a peace art installation.

Saturday, Jan. 14, 1:30–4:40 p.m.

Ninth  Annual  Sweet  Home  Peace  through  PIE Social

​Sweethome Missionary Baptist Church, 1725 W. 11th St.

An MLK celebration will be held 1:30–3 p.m. at a historic church in Clarksville in the sanctuary, followed by a pie social. The church was the first location in the country to host a Peace through PIESocial. The program includes music by the Gospel Stars, Pease Elementary School choir, Sam Rives and a reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s, “I Have a Dream,” speech by Pastor Steve Manning.

Savory and sweet peace pies will be served by Austin High School Culinary students from 3–4:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Community members may bring their favorite savory or sweet pie. This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 16, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.


Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, 1712 E. 11th St.

Join Blackshear Elementary Fine Arts Academy, which will take part in the annual MLK parade, for fellowship and breakfast peace pies by Master Chef Hoover Alexander and a tasting of Hoover’s 2017 Peace Pie of the Year, the Dream Big Sweet Tater Pie. The event includes guest speakers, the Blackshear choir, a community peace toast at noon, an MLK Way art installation, student animators showcase and a dedication of the friendly rice garden.

Community members are invited to sign the Dream Big CommUnity Canvas. The event, which is free and open to the public, is hosted by Peace through PIE with Blackshear Elementary, Huston-Tillotson University and Kealing Middle School. 

Saturday, Jan. 21, noon–4 p.m.

Second  Annual  Kealing  Middle  School  PEACE  throughPIE Social&LandscapingProject

Kealing Middle School, 1607 Pennsylvania Ave.

Kealing Middle School, in conjunction with its PTA, is holding a pizza peace pie celebration with music by the Kealing Jazz Band, followed by a volunteer event of landscaping and rainscaping on the Kealing Middle School grounds. The event is free and open to the public.

Monday, Jan. 23, 6–7 p.m.

Lamar  Middle  School  FineArts  Academy  Peace  through  PIE Social

Lamar Middle School Cafeteria; 6201 Wynona Ave.

Pie, music and art will be at the forefront of this MLK celebration.


About Peace Through PIE

Through school programs, pie socials, community art projects and cooking-together opportunities, we are building a network of PIEoneer Peacemakers equipped with real-life tools and skills that foster active listening, deeper conversations, personal growth, responsible actions and respect for all people.