Dine Out for Education is perhaps the easiest—and most delicious—way to support education. The Knox County Schools’ 13th annual Dine Out for Education will take place on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Approximately 40 area restaurants with almost 70 locations (the most ever) will donate 10 percent of the pre-tax proceeds from their April 12th sales to the Knox County Schools.

Last year, this day-long culinary campaign helped raise approximately $20,000 for the Knox County Schools Partners in Education (PIE) programs. This year, participating restaurants hope to raise $25,000 and all they need members of the local community to do is step out of their own kitchens and let someone else do the cooking (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, if you please)! A complete list of participating restaurants and locations, 14 new this year, can be found at knoxschools.org to help you plan your meals in support of the Knox County Schools, or you can just look for the Dine Out for Education logo in the window of your favorite eatery. As you dine, feel free to share it socially with #KCSDineOutForEd.

This year, in addition to the many traditional restaurants participating in Dine Out for Education, some of the area’s most sought after food trucks will gather to serve your epicurean needs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Southern Railway Station. Available vendors include: Jamamerican, Breezy Weenie Pub Grub, Holy Smokin BBQ, and The Lunch Box.

To celebrate this special day, Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, along with a few elected officials, will enjoy lunch together at Brown Bag in the First Tennessee Building on Tuesday, April 12th at noon. No business is expected to be discussed.

PIE connects nearly 600 organizations, businesses, civic clubs, churches, government agencies and individuals with all Knox County Schools so that they can make a difference in classrooms and students’ lives with the gift of time, talent and resources. Money raised through Dine Out for Education help support and fund PIE programming that includes Career Day, the Teacher Supply Depot, the PTA Clothing Center, Barney Thompson Scholarships, and teacher recognition programs. For more information on how to get involved with PIE, call (865) 594-1909.