All Metro Nashville public school teachers are allowed one shopping experience per quarter. Teacher Ambassadors are awarded an extra shopping trip for being an DGPB liaison within metro schools. Teachers can sign up for a shopping appointment here.
In lieu of coming to the Free Teacher Store, we can also deliver supplies via our PENCIL Van, provided by Nissan. There are no other alternate shopping options at this time.
Teachers always need basic school supplies such as pencils, pens, markers, crayons, glue, scissors, and notebook filler paper. Teachers are very creative and use products that you would never imagine in a classroom. Check out our wish list for specifics.
Yes - many items are limited to ensure that merchandise is fairly distributed to all schools and their students. Those items are clearly marked with the maximum quantities allowed. The shoppers will also be made aware of the limits via Teacher Shopping Sheet, which each teacher fills out as they shop. All items are donated - we cannot guarantee any particular item will be in stock.
During the most recent school year, teachers left our free teacher store with an average of $267 of valuable school supplies.
Yes - students ages 14 and over are encouraged to fulfill their community service hours at the DG PENCIL Box.
For more information, email Sarah Finney, Programs & Volunteer Coordinator, at SFinney@pencil615.org or find an open shift here.
Yes - the DG PENCIL Box operates similarly to 39 other resource centers nationally. We share best practices and other benefits on a regular basis as a member of The Kids In Need Foundation.