PENCIL's work is to engage groups of volunteers that support initiatives within Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). As part of this work, we facilitate the background checks for all volunteers that fill certain roles within MNPS.

PLEASE NOTE: NOT EVERY volunteer ROLE REQUIRES A BACKGROUND CHECK. If you do NOT see your volunteer role listed below, contact your school directly to confirm you need to complete a background check.

A background check is required if you will be volunteering in one of the following roles: 

  • PENCIL Reading Partner

  • Lunch Buddies

  • Watch D.O.G.S.

  • One-on-one mentoring/Tutoring

  • Overnight field trip

  • Out of State Field Trip

  • Any other MNPS Program that involves working one-on-one with a MNPS student

If you would like to volunteer at a Metro Nashville Public School or program outside of PENCIL programs, please contact the school directly. For those with additional questions in regard to volunteering through PENCIL programs, please email volunteer@pencil615.com for assistance.


To register as a volunteer and complete a background check (if necessary), please click on the box below that corresponds to your volunteer activity:

if you are unsure which role best fits your volunteer activity, please review the options above and email volunteer@pencil615.org with additional questions.


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