Q. Who is eligible to shop at the LP PENCIL Box?

A. All Metro Nashville public school teachers are allowed one shopping experience per Fall and Spring semester. Teacher Ambassadors are awarded an extra shopping trip for being an LPPB liaison within metro schools.

Teachers can sign up for a shopping appointment here.


Q. Are there alternatives to shopping in person at the physical store?

A. In lieu of coming to the Free Teacher Store, we can also deliver supplies via our PENCIL Van, provided by Nissan. Alternate shopping options can be viewed here.



A. The LP PENCIL Box is located on the first floor the Nashville Prep Building - the entrance is near the corner of 56th Ave. and Louisiana Ave. 

1300 56th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209


On Teacher Shopping Days, leave designated LPPB parking spots for teacher shoppers. Volunteers are encouraged to park along the street leading up to the building, and along the left side of the road in front of the building. Please leave the Bus Lane empty during school hours.


Q. What items are most needed?

A. Teachers always need basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue, scissors, and notebook filler paper. Teachers are very creative and use products that you would never imagine in a classroom. Check out our wish list for specifics.


Q. What are the shopping hours for teachers?

A. 1/11/18 - 2/10/18 teachers can sign up for an appointment during the following times:

Wednesday 2:30 - 5:00 || Thursday 2:00 - 6:30 || Saturday 9:00 - 2:30

Volunteer shifts run 30 minutes past the last scheduled appointment time.


Q. Are there any limits for shoppers?

A. Yes - many items are limited to ensure that merchandise is fairly distributed to all schools and their students. Those items are clearly marked with the maximum quantities allowed. The shoppers will also be made aware of the limits via Teacher Shopping Sheet, which each teacher fills out as they shop. All items are donated - we cannot guarantee any particular item will be in stock.


Q. How much is a shopping trip worth?

A. In 2017, teachers left our free teacher store with an average of $267 of valuable school supplies.


Q. May students volunteer at the LP PENCIL Box for community service hours?

A. Yes - students ages 14 and over are encouraged to fulfill their community service hours at the LP PENCIL Box.

For more information, email jwright@pencil615.org or find an open shift here.



Q. Are there any other programs like the LP PENCIL Box around the country?

A. Yes - the LP PENCIL Box operates similarly to 39 other resource centers nationally. We share best practices and other benefits on a regular basis as a member of The Kids In Need Foundation.