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Metro Holds Third Annual School Supply Drive

7/9/2014

Donations Will Go to LP PENCIL Box to Help Metro Students

NASHVILLE, Tenn. –Metro Government is holding its third annual back-to-school supply drive this month to make sure students have the school supplies they need to be ready for school. Over the past two years, Metro has raised $35,000 worth of school supplies, enough to help more than 3,800 Metro students at LP PENCIL Box, a free school supply store for educators in Metro Schools. Most-needed items include notebooks, pencils, crayons, pens, washable markers and colored pencils.

“We want all of our students to receive a great education, and, as simple as it sounds, that starts with equipping them with the basic school supplies they need,” Mayor Karl Dean said. “Metro departments have been generous during the past two supply drives, and I want to thank them and members of the community for their support. These supplies will help stock LP PENCIL Box, where teachers can make sure students get their year off to a great start.”

The school supply drive starts today and will end on July 25. This year’s goal is to bring the three-year total to $50,000 and raise $15,000 worth of school supplies during this drive, enough to help 1,800 students.

At a ceremony on Aug. 1, Mayor Dean will recognize Metro departments in three categories that raised the most supplies: general government; a public safety contest between the police department and the fire department; and a public participation contest between Metro Parks, Nashville Public Library, Nashville Farmers’ Market and Nashville MTA.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate by donating school supplies at drop-off sites at any Nashville fire hall, police station, library and community center or at the MTA Music City Central transit station and the Nashville Farmers’ Market. Donations can also be made online at www.pencilfd.org/pencil_box/donate. More information about the supply drive is available at www.nashville.gov/Mayors-Office/Priorities/Volunteerism/Metro-Campaigns/Metro-School-Supply-Drive.

“Our partnership with the Mayor’s Office is so important to the success of the LP PENCIL Box,” said Connie Williams, CEO of PENCIL Foundation. “We believe every Metro student should have the resources they need to be successful in school, and Mayor Dean’s commitment to PENCIL, to Metro teachers and, most importantly, Metro students through this supply drive makes this one of our largest and most successful supply drives of the year.”

The school supplies will be delivered to the PENCIL Foundation’s LP PENCIL Box, a community resource available to Metro Schools teachers who need supplies for students. 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.

The supply drive is 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.