Volunteers pack Pencil supply bags for Metro Nashville teachers

All Metro teachers will receive a bag full of basic supplies
Posted at 6:30 PM, Jul 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-28 22:48:09-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — On August 4, Metro Nashville Public Schools will begin the academic year from home. Despite virtual learning, volunteers are still making sure teachers have all the supplies they need to get their classrooms ready.

"We know this school year is going to be so much different than any year we’ve ever experienced," said Dr. Adrienne Battle, Director of Schools for Metro.

In a year full of firsts, Dr. Battle says basic supplies are the last thing teachers should have to worry about. "It allows our teachers to really focus on preparing for our students and supporting them," she said.

Normally, teachers can use the Pencil warehouse in West Nashville for a school supply shopping spree at no charge. This year, volunteers are taking care of everything.

"Right here we’ve got some paper clips, we’ve got some scissors, we are moving and grooving," said Julie Greenberg, one of the volunteers.

Once all the bags are packed, another group of volunteers will pick them up and distribute them to all of the area schools. Some of the supplies will come in handy, even in a virtual environment.

Dr. Battle hopes that the virtual environment doesn't last forever. "We miss our students and we cannot wait to welcome them back into our schools," Battle told NewsChannnel 5.

While no one truly knows what to expect from this school year, these volunteers are ensuring at least the beginning will get off to a strong start.

"I hope it gets in the hands of teachers that are really making an impact." said Greenburg.

In addition to supplies, a handful of lucky teachers will find an extra surprise inside their bag. Southwest Airlines donated several round-trip tickets, so teachers, make sure you look through yours carefully.