Metro, Community Raise Nearly $16,000 Worth of School Supplies
Mayor Karl Dean today announced that the second-annual Metro back-to-school supply drive that took place earlier this month raised a total of $15,926, enough school supplies to aid 1,600 Metro Schools students this year. The supplies and monetary donations went to LP PENCIL Box, a free school supply store for educators in Metro Schools. The amount raised will allow for an additional 64 teacher visits to LP PENCIL Box. “This supply drive will go a long way in helping ensure that Metro students have the school supplies they need this year,” Mayor Dean said. “We want all our students to be successful in school, and, as simple as it sounds, that starts with having basics like notebooks and pencils. Congratulations and thanks to our Metro employees for again showing their generous spirit and all Nashvillians who got involved. LP PENCIL Box is an outstanding agency that does terrific work connecting teachers with necessary classroom supplies.”
During a news conference at LP PENCIL Box earlier today, Mayor Dean recognized three Metro Government departments for the amount of supplies they raised:
- The winner in the general competition among Metro departments was the Human Relations Commission, which averaged donations of $87 per person in that department.
- In the contest between the Fire Department and Police Department, the Fire Department won by raising $676 worth of supplies.
- In the public participation contest between Parks and Recreation, Nashville Library, Metro Transit Authority and the Nashville Farmers’ Market, the Library won by raising $1,772 worth of supplies.
Mayor Dean also recognized departments that increased their donation amount by at least 10 percent compared to last year’s drive. They included the Metro Beer Board, the Davidson County Clerk and Master Office, Metro Codes Administration, Criminal Justice Planning, Emergency Communications Center, Mayor’s Office, Metro Action Commission, Metro Planning Department, Metro Public Health Department and Davidson County Register of Deeds.
As part of the supply drive, Nashville Electric Service donated $3,000 to LP PENCIL Box.
Mayor Dean launched the school-supply drive last year to make sure students have the scissors, notebook paper, backpacks and other supplies they need to be ready for school. The first day of school this year is Thursday, Aug. 1.
The school supply drive took place from July 9 to July 25. Members of the public were encouraged to participate by dropping off supplies at any Nashville library, community center and other Metro locations. Donations could also be made online.
“School supply drives are absolutely essential to ensure that LP PENCIL Box is stocked and ready for the start of school, so we are thrilled to partner with Mayor Dean and Metro Government employees again this year,” said Connie Williams, PENCIL executive director. “The Nashville community has truly embraced the ‘Box’ because it supports families who face economic challenges, and it takes a heavy burden off our teachers, who often dip into their own pockets to purchase school supplies.
Since launching LP PENCIL Box in 2005, $4 million in school supplies have been distributed to 375,000 students in Metro Schools.
LP PENCIL Box is sponsored by LP Building Products and is a program of PENCIL Foundation. Metro teachers are invited to visit LP PENCIL Box twice a year and select up to $250 worth of supplies for their students. Donors can still go to www.pencilfd.org/pencil_box for more information or to make donations.
The supply drive was an Impact Nashville initiative, the local Cities of Service program run out of the Mayor’s Office to engage volunteerism and direct services to the city’s highest needs. For more information on how to volunteer in Metro Schools, go to www.nashville.gov/volunteer.