Local Impact

PENCIL Partners

We work to bridge the gap between volunteers’ generosity and skills and the support MNPS needs to help students grow. PENCIL staff research, recruit, link and maintain the relationships between the community and schools to ensure a positive experience for all students and volunteers involved. With PENCIL Partnerships directly effecting students and teachers in more than 93 schools, we believe that community involvement is the key to students' academic success.


Research and Recruit

PENCIL staff build relationships with local businesses, universities, faith-based organizations and civic groups to connect their passion for MNPS with the appropriate PENCIL Program. All potential volunteers are background checked at no cost to them and undergo thorough training to ensure a successful relationship with students no matter their social, socioeconomic and emotional backgrounds.


Link and maintain

PENCIL staff maintain community partnerships through several programs:

  • Partners and volunteers are matched with a K-4 student for one-on-one tutoring in MNPS Reading Clinics through our Literacy PENCIL Partnerships
  • Partners assist high school students through MNPS Academies of Nashville by serving as a guest speaker or industry certification success coach
  • Volunteers serve with the LP PENCIL Box to receive, sort, organize and distribute school supplies to area teachers free of charge 


National Impact


PENCIL provides consulting services to businesses, organizations and school districts across the country who are interested in the work that takes place in Nashville. For more information, please submit a general inquiry: 

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The Fabric of Nashville

As the population of Nashville continues to grow, the diverse and unique needs of the students within our public school system grow as well.  Community support of PENCIL through financial gifts and volunteer hours is crucial to PENCIL’s ability to keep pace with the changing needs of MNPS.


34% of 3rd Grade Students

Proficient in English Language Arts


MNPS Graduation

23.4% Increase Since 2004


MNPS Gains

English Learning students yearly