LP PENCIL Box
Free School Supplies for MNPS Teachers!
The LP PENCIL Box is a teacher supply store stocked with classroom essentials such as pencils, crayons, copy paper, note books, book bags, glue sticks, hand sanitizer and much more. The store exists through generous donations from national brands, the Nashville community, and our PENCIL Partners.
MNPS teachers can shop twice each school year at absolutely no cost to them.
Since 75% of MNPS students come from economically disadvantaged households, the LP PENCIL Box is the community's way to ensure that every student has quality supplies no matter their economic background. As donors, volunteers, teachers and PENCIL work together, thousands of students in Nashville have the tools they need for success.
In the 16-17 school year alone, the LP PENCIL Box gave out more than $729,000 worth of supplies to teachers from 152 different schools.
Individuals, Businesses and Organizations can support the LP PENCIL Box in a few different ways:
- Host a supply drive for your employees and constituents to collect school supplies
- Volunteer! It takes many hours and a lot of manpower to inventory, sort and categorize the donated supplies before they are ready for teachers to pick up. Both individuals and groups of volunteers can help prepare the LP PENCIL Box for teachers.
- Sponsor a specific high-need item, i.e. hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and paper towels. When you underwrite the costs, we can purchase the product and provide it to teachers for free.
Teachers report that the main factor keeping them from shopping more at the LP PENCIL Box is access. With a school district that spans 526 square miles, many schools are a great distance from Box. Traffic and varying school hours make shopping the Box difficult.
During the 17-18 school year, PENCIL is piloting a new delivery system where volunteers pre-pack supply boxes filled with the products most requested by teachers for their students. Once the boxes are packed, LP PENCIL Box staff will use a brand new van donated by Nissan to deliver the boxes to schools across the district.
"Students who are not worried about having the proper supplies are more focused, socially engaged, and prepared for class." -MNPS Teacher
The LP PENCIL Box is a National Network Member of the Kids in Need Foundation.