Our Work

PENCIL believes that community investment in schools can bridge the resource gaps so many schools face, and that directly impacts day-to-day learning. We leverage community resources through the following programs:

PENCIL Partners

PENCIL harnesses the time, treasure, and talent of our rapidly expanding business community in support of individual schools through a collective impact model, known as PENCIL Partners. These partnerships aid in the development of positive school cultures, show teacher appreciation, recruit caring adult role models for students, provide exposure to workforce opportunities, and nurture an overall deeper sense of community between public schools and local businesses.

PENCIL Reading Partners

PENCIL trains volunteers to invest in students across MNPS as Reading Mentors. Volunteers are paired with elementary school students to work 30 minutes once a week, for a full semester, on basic reading comprehension and discussion.


Metro Nashville Public School teachers visit the LP PENCIL Box multiple times throughout the year to “shop” for tools necessary to run an effective classroom - completely FREE OF CHARGE. By donating supplies, hosting a supply drive, or volunteering to staff the store, national brands, PENCIL Partners and the Nashville community, bolster teachers with the materials they need.

Family Resource Centers

The Family Resource Centers (FRC) act as a school-based hub for community resources, helping families navigate outside agencies that assist with social, emotional and physical needs. PENCIL Partners support the centers by providing food, clothing and services to the children and families who need them.