Nashville, TN (July 21, 2022) – PENCIL (Public Education Needs Community Involvement and Leadership), the boots-on-the-ground resource recruiter to Metro Nashville Public Schools, is hosting its annual Together 4 Teachers project in advance of the upcoming school year. Together 4 Teachers 2022 will be accompanied by two days of a volunteer-led Pack-a-Thon on July 27 and 28 and a Pep Rally for teachers on August 1.
Media is invited to join either opportunity – please note that the Pep Rally will have more access to sponsors
- Pack-a-Thons | 7/27 & 7/28 at PENCIL, 7199 Cockrill Bend Blvd. 37209
Volunteer shifts run from 8-10 AM, 11-1 PM, and 2-4 PM
- Pep Rally | 8/1 at First Horizon Park, 19 Junior Gillam Way 37219
Event runs from 5-8 PM with programming beginning at 5:45 PM
Supported by the Nashville community, Together 4 Teachers will provide access to bags of popular teacher supplies for all MNPS classroom teachers before the start of the 2022-2023 school year. The project is focused on celebrating our public school educators by sharing this token of our community’s appreciation for them, and to raise awareness about PENCIL’s free teacher resource center that is the DG PENCIL Box.
“Dollar General is proud to support and equip Nashville teachers with classroom supplies,” shares Denine Torr, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility and Philanthropy at Dollar General. “It is critical to set our schools, teachers, and students up for success and that starts with the basics. In addition to classroom necessities, we hope our teachers feel celebrated and appreciated by the community during Together 4 Teachers and throughout the school year when they shop at the DG PENCIL Box free of charge.”
On July 27 and 28, sponsors and at least 100 volunteers will assemble school supplies into thousands of tote bags – one for every Metro classroom teacher – at the DG PENCIL Box during the Together 4 Teachers Pack-a-Thon. The bags will be available first at the pep rally at First Horizon Park on August 1st, then at the DG PENCIL Box in the days after the event.
In addition to receiving these PENCIL supply bags, teachers will enjoy live performances, games, stadium snacks, and celebration at this opportunity to gather in-person with their colleagues and peers before the school year begins on August 10.
“Together 4 Teachers is a shared dream of Dr. Battle’s and PENCIL’s, to shine a light on our MNPS educators who guide, support, and nurture 82,000 students across Nashville. We are proud to partner with our sponsors and Dr. Battle’s team to make it happen for the third consecutive year,” said Angie Adams, PENCIL CEO.
Supplies for Together 4 Teachers and year-round resources at the DG PENCIL Box are made possible through financial investments and in-kind donations. Sponsors and major partners for this year’s event include lead sponsors Amazon and Dollar General, Champion sponsors Ingram Charities and Nashville Predators Foundation, and Pep Rally sponsor First Horizon Foundation.
“What better investment can we make as community members than giving back to our local schools? Amazon is proud to step up for our teachers through Together 4 Teachers,” shares Courtney Ross, Senior Manager, External Affairs at Amazon.
The Together 4 Teachers Pack-a-Thon will take place at the DG PENCIL Box at 7199 Cockrill Bend Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209.
Media interested in attending these events or any questions should be directed to Kiley Johnson, Events & Marketing Manager, at KJohnson@PENCIL615.org.
Founded in 1982 by a collective of Nashville business leaders, PENCIL (www.pencilforschools.org) links community resources to Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life. Our work is guided by the needs of MNPS, is student-centric, and is achieved through partnerships and tangible engagements. PENCIL envisions a world where all students have equitable access to opportunities and resources.