Our Impact

Public Education Needs Community Involvement & Leadership

Our Mission

Linking community resources to Nashville public schools to help young people achieve academic success and prepare for life.

Our Vision

PENCIL envisions a world where access and opportunities are equitable for all students to have a successful future.

Our Values

Our work is guided by the needs of MNPS, is student centric, and is achieved through partnerships and tangible engagements. As the PENCIL team, we will be collaborative and transparent, act with integrity, and demonstrate kindness and gratitude.

PENCIL is a non-profit organization that builds strategic partnerships between community groups and the needs of Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS). We are one of the nation’s largest networks of businesses, universities, and faith-based organizations actively engaged in public schools. We believe community involvement is key to academic success for students.

Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director, Metro Nashville Public Schools

“When the community is engaged and invested in MNPS, the impact on our students can be powerful and profound. PENCIL knows this well, and they work hard to understand what the needs are at each school and how community partners can fill those gaps. Bringing a PENCIL Partner into a school can make a huge difference to students by showing them they’re loved, celebrated and cared for both inside and outside the school’s four walls.”

Together We Can Change Students’ Lives

2019 – 2020 Impact Numbers

Volunteer Hours
PENCIL Partners
$ 0 M
Supplies Distributed
$ 0 M+
Total Community Investment

PENCIL has evolved the relationship between community and public schools. We’ve done so by bridging the gap between the community’s philanthropic intentions and the support each school needs to advance educational goals. With the help of donors and partners, PENCIL supports 168 schools and over 86,000 Metropolitan Nashville Public School students spanning over a 500 square-mile boundary.

Because Public Education is Everyone’s Business

2019 – 2020 MNPS Statistics

0 %
of MNPS students live in economically distressed households
0 %
of 3rd grade students are proficient in English Language Arts
0 %
MNPS graduation rate
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MNPS English Learning Students gained yearly