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.

"Metro Nashville Public Schools has some of the most extraordinary Partners in America and we can thank PENCIL, who have truly taken on the charge to make sure that all schools have support and are well-resourced. There is never a time when we go to PENCIL and ask for help without them providing real support and resources for education in Nashville. From the added tutors and mentors they bring to our schools to the hundreds of thousands of dollars in school supplies they share with our teachers - they allow us to excel."

Dr. Shawn Joseph 


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 reading support 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 and its Board of Directors are committed to supporting public education within our community and across the nation. We have an obligation to share the success of the work we do in Nashville and we know we will continue to improve our work by teaching others. 

PENCIL offers consulting services to communities across the nation that are interested in building a network of strong partnerships within their school district. 


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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