PENCIL: connects businesses and volunteers with students

Angie Adams, CEO of PENCIL

Angie Adams, CEO of PENCIL, who highlights the organizations mission and efforts to link community resources to Nashville public schools to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life. During the interview, Adams discusses their service areas, goals for the new school year, lessons learned, and opportunities for companies and individuals to get involved and help make a difference.

PENCIL works 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.

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

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 for new school supplies for their students and classrooms FOR FREE! Every teacher is eligible to shop once per quarter.

Family Resource Centers (FRCs) act as a hub for community resources, helping families navigate outside agencies that can assist with social, emotional and physical needs.

#ProudlyPENCIL – Virtual Learning Series is a video series created to help bolster Metro Schools online resources for students.

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