2017 Annual Report

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2016 - 2017 Annual Report

Linking Community Resources to Nashville Public Schools to Help Young People Achieve Academic Success and Prepare for Life

We are one of the nation’s largest networks of businesses, universities, faith-based organizations and volunteers engaged in public schools.


Here’s what PENCIL accomplished this year:


Volunteer Hours


MNPS Schools with PENCIL Partnerships


Community Investment


MNPS District Statistics:




Economically Disadvantaged with 64% below grade level in reading comprehension


Zoned Schools


The LP PENCIL Box allows all MNPS teachers to shop for school supplies at absolutely no cost to them one TIME per school semester.

Throughout the 16-17 school year, the LP PENCIL Box distributed the following into the hands of Nashville’s students: 

  • 323,831 pencils
  • 66,768 glue sticks
  • 53,933 pens
  • 50,628 pocket folders
  • And much, much more!
$729,000+ in supplies distributed to 2,546+ teachers from 162 MNPS schools
The LP PENCIL Box is made possible by the generous support of the Louisiana-Pacific Foundation, Kids in Need Foundation, local businesses, organizations and the 355 volunteers who gave more than 3,000 hours of their time during the 16-17 school year.

Academy PENCIL Partners

PENCIL works to bridge the gap between volunteers’ generosity and skills and the support MNPS needs to help students grow. Academy PENCIL Partners are the solution.

Throughout the 16-17 school year, PENCIL Partners have provided the following support to Academies across Nashville:

  • Career Mentors
  • Teacher Externships
  • Curriculum Development
  • Job Shadowing
  • Mock Interviews
  • Student Interviews
  • Industry Certification Exam Tutors
  • And more!


Volunteer Hours


Community Investment


MNPS Schools with PENCIL Partnerships


Industry Certification Exams Taken - 59% passed | 12% increase from previous year

Academy PENCIL Partners are successful because of the gracious local businesses who value public education and show up to support Metro Nashville Public School students, faculty and staff.  

Literacy PENCIL Partners

We partner committed volunteers from our PENCIL Partnerships with MNPS Reading Clinics to tutor students for 30 minutes a week. 

Reading Clinic volunteers provide intensive, individualized, one-to-one tutoring using instructional strategies proven by researchers to promote reading gain. During tutoring sessions, volunteers will provide support and guidance as the student reads a book aloud, facilitates literacy-specific games with the student, and much  more. 


Students served




MNPS Reading Clinics

Literacy PENCIL Partners are made possible by the generous support of Maddox charitable fund, Memorial Foundation, Dollar General Literacy Foundation, and the Scarlett Family Foundation.

PENCIL Family Resource Centers

PENCIL Family Resource Centers (FRCs) help students and families in six schools by acting as a hub for community resources and helping families navigate outside agencies that can help with social, emotional and physical needs. FRCs stock emergency food and clothing, and develop services tailored to the school population.

Six Family Resource Centers
Ivanetta H. Davis Early Learning Center, Tusculum Elementary School, Madison Middle School, and Antioch, Maplewood and Glencliff High Schools.

Throughout the 16-17 school year, PENCIL’s FRCs provided students and families with the following services:

  • Food backpacks for at-risk students
  • Clothing, including school uniforms
  • School and personal hygiene supplies
  • Student tutoring resources
  • Parent resources, including counseling, employment and transportation
  • And much, much more!


Students served





PENCIL’s FRC’s are made possible by the support of United Way, state funding, PENCIL Partners and generous community support. 

Thanks to the generous support and vision of Nissan, PENCIL has purchased a brand new van to assist with delivering school supplies, picking up donations and much more. 

The students of MNPS are making great strides with support from our community partners.