PENCIL's work is to engage groups of volunteers that support initiatives within Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). In addition to this work, we also facilitate the background checks for all volunteers that fill certain roles within mnps. PLEASE NOTE THAT NOT EVERY ROLE REQUIRES A BACKGROUND CHECK. 

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

  • Literacy Partner
  • Watch D.O.G.S.
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Overnight field trip
  • Out of State Field Trip

Not every volunteer role in MNPS requires a background check. If you don't see your volunteer role above, please email for assistance.  

Are you interested in volunteering with a specific school? Before you move forward, please contact the school directly to determine the opportunities that are available to you. 

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 do not see yOUR VOLUNTEER role listed above, Email with YOUR Role and our coordinator will provide you with additional information.