Tennessee Mentors Help Local Students Succeed
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Each year, LP PENCIL Box (LPPB) hosts a book fair for educators in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. This year, volunteers from MAXIMUS Tennessee Works rolled up their sleeves and provided special event assistance. LPPB is a free school supply store for educators, providing learning materials for students in the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. “This was such a benefit, since we have just one full-time and one part time employee. The job may seem menial, but it would’ve taken the staff all day to prepare for the event,” said Kimberly Washington, a Program Manager with LPPB. Because of their helpful hands, the teachers received over 10,000 free books during the book fair, which took place the next day.”
MAXIMUS Tennessee Works has just over 30 staff members who assist nearly 3,000 people a year in finding sustainable employment and achieve self-sufficiency through a contract with the Department of Human Services in Nashville. Members of the staff also volunteer bi-monthly at nearby Cane Ridge High School. “A lot of the places where we volunteer are community-service sites where our clients volunteer as well. We want to be part of the community,” said MAXIMUS Operations Manager Meshia Sandifer.