Volunteer

Be a PENCIL Volunteer!

Volunteer in Nashville public schools and make a difference! There are several ways to volunteer and opportunities to work with different age groups. The PENCIL staff is ready to help you find the volunteer activity that works for your schedule and meets your interest.

Whether you are already volunteering in a school or you are a new volunteer, you must register with PENCIL Foundation.

Please visit www.schoolvolunteers.org to register and track your volunteer hours. Click HERE for step-by-step directions.          


FIELD TRIPS/CHAPERONES
For your convenience, the information below has been excerpted from MNPS policies SP 6.151 and IM 4.105. Please refer to these guidelines as you decide who needs a background check and which type of background check is required.
 
NO BACKGROUND CHECK
Volunteer Chaperones who attend an activity field trip are not required to submit to a background check, provided that a district employee is in attendance.
 
PENCIL BACKGROUND CHECK
1. Volunteer chaperones who are parents/guardians wishing to attend overnight or out of state field trips must submit to a PENCIL background check. Chaperones must receive a favorable result prior to departure.
 
2.  Community volunteers must complete the PENCIL background check process upon request of the building principal. In general, one-time guest speakers or volunteers not in direct contact with students (e.g. landscaping volunteers) do not require a background check, but PENCIL always defers to the discretion of the principal.
 
Non-PENCIL Background Checks
Volunteer chaperones who are not parents/guardians of students wishing to attend overnight or out of state field trips must submit to a criminal background check and fingerprinting. The fingerprinting and background check may be done at 2601 Bransford Avenue or through another agency that administers fingerprinting. The chaperone or the school will pay the fingerprinting cost. Chaperones must receive a favorable result prior to departure.
 
IF your volunteer activity requires a background screen, please fill out this BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION FORM and fax back to PENCIL at 254-6748 or scan/email to info@pencilfd.org. If you are going to be a PENCIL Reading Partner, Math Partner, PENCIL Academic Career Enrichment volunteer or College-Career Mentor, a background check is required.