Business Volunteers’ PENCIL Program builds and supports relationships between business and civic volunteers and public school leaders to provide support, inspire innovation and improve student achievement.
“Once the school year begins, we don’t have a lot of time to step back and think. The business people here are already giving me a fresh perspective. As they begin to understand the challenges we face and what it takes to run a school building on a day-to-day basis, I look forward to having their fresh eyes to look at what’s happening and to help us develop solutions with a new perspective.”
Principal Rita Mullally – Graceland Park / O’Donnell Heights Elementary Middle School
Since 2011, Business Volunteers has facilitated the successful formation of 85 school relationships.
Volunteers and project teams find they can make a significant contribution by sharing their expertise, management talents and resources to make a difference in budget planning, human resources, technology, marketing and management in schools. They have also been able to support students, families and teachers in direct, tangible ways by sourcing school supplies, holiday gifts, uniforms and resources to support field trips and out-of-school-time programming.
In 2016, the PENCIL Program has expanded with the launch of A+ Boards for Schools.
A+ Boards are groups of 4 or more volunteers from different businesses and organization who come together to contribute as ambassadors, advisors and action teams for the school. This new initiative will build upon the previous success of school-business partnerships and will offer additional capacity and support to school leaders in Baltimore City.
School Business Partnerships
|Alexander Hamilton ES||BGE|
|Armistead Gardens EMS||State Farm|
|Benjamin Franklin HS||PricewaterhouseCoopers|
|City Springs ES||CareFirst|
|Comm. John Rodgers EMS||Transamerica|
|Francis Scott Key ES||M&T Bank|
|Highlandtown EMS #215||COPT|
|Maree G. Farring EMS||Under Armour, T. Rowe Price Foundation|
|National Academy Foundation School||Laureate|
|Westport Academy||M&T Bank|
|Wolfe Street Academy||JMI Equity|
A+ Advisory Boards
|Excel Academy at Francis M. Wood HS|
|Graceland Park / O’Donnell Heights EMS|
|Harlem Park EMS|
|North Bend EMS|
|Robert W. Coleman ES|
|Walter P. Carter EMS|
|Windsor Hills EMS|