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Program areas at Pencil Foundation
Pencil partners are businesses and organizations committed to student success through organized, coordinated activities that match the unique attributes of each partner with the specific needs of each school or academy. By leveraging our wide network of business contacts and comprehensive knowledge of nashville schools, Pencil connects businesses and schools in customized, meaningful ways that directly help metro students achieve success in school and in life. We manage these relationships by facilitating communication, providing activity ideas, supporting volunteer management, and helping the school and partner develop a year-long action plan. In addition, Pencil hosts the pencilmein615.org website where schools, partners and individuals log their volunteer hours and in-kind gifts. We are committed to implementing more opportunities for virtual engagement so that students continue to benefit from these impactful 1:1 experiences with Pencil partners, regardless of where students are learning.
Pencil's four school-based family resource centers (frcs) serve as a hub for community resources, helping students and their families navigate outside agencies that can assist with social, emotional, and physical needs. Through assistance from Pencil partners, community agencies and other resources, frcs are typically able to stock emergency food/clothing and develop services tailored to their school population, such as ged and english-language classes, counseling and eye exams, and much more. As school transitioned to remote learning and unemployment became rampant this spring, our frcs became critical distribution hubs for weekly food boxes provided by second harvest food bank as well as other key family necessities such as diapers, household essentials, and sanitizing products.
The lp Pencil box exists to remove barriers to learning for metro students by ensuring classrooms are stocked with the necessary supplies - and that teachers don't have to spend their own money to purchase these supplies. Through generous donations from businesses, organizations and individuals, the box is stocked with core supplies such as pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, scissors, reading books, backpacks and much more. Every metro teacher can make up to four shopping trips per school year. As students transitioned to learning remotely at the end of the academic year, we began packing and delivering student supply kits at mnps meal sites to assure students working at home (particularly elementary students) had core supplies on hand.