COMPASS Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools
COMPASS is an acronym for Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools. In July 2004, COMPASS began as a program of a large Nashville-based nonprofit, PENCIL Foundation, but gained enough local support and program perspective to become an independent organization on July 1, 2005. Our main objective is to form lasting, authentic partnerships between Sumner County Public Schools and businesses, organizations, churches, and individuals.
COMPASS Partners donate money, grant opportunities, coupons as incentives, new and used computers, a field trip opportunity, food backpacks, equipment, etc. Many are classroom readers, tutors, mentors, spelling bee judges and even hallway painters. COMPASS Partners donate time, expertise, money and/or materials to augment the curriculum and resources of their partner school. The program improves quality of life in our community by increasing and strengthening school/community connections, providing volunteer opportunities and supporting teachers, families and students.
Frank Freels, Jr.
Robert "Corky" Jennings
Paul R. Goode
Mentoring & Tutoring
COMPASS helps coordinate individuals to mentor or tutor our students with our school system. We work with our principals and guidance counselors to identify those students that have needs that can be addressed by volunteers. This is a much needed service here in our county and everyone who tries it--loves it! Students benefit from the one-on-one attention from a caring adult and the adults benefit even more from sharing their time and with a youngster. For more information on this program, please contact our office at email@example.com
Things We Do
COMPASS sponsors the Teacher of the Year Annual Awards luncheon to honor each Sumner County school’s most outstanding teacher. COMPASS sponsors the College 101 GPS event, the Indian Lake Loop 5K/5mile run every Thanksgiving morning, an Annual Partner Recognition Reception, and partners with the United Way for the annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive. COMPASS partners with foundations and businesses to provide grant opportunities for teachers known as School Improvement Awards. COMPASS promotes programs like Tennessee Scholars and Tennessee Promise.
We work closely with the Board of Education to assure that our objectives are aligned with those of the school system. The program is to compliment and augment the system by involving the private sector.
Our Board of Directors 2016
President: Jay Ingrum
Vice-President: Johnny Garrett
Secretary: Taylor Walker
Assistant Treasurer: Lori Atchley
Executive Director: Debra Maggart
Paul R. Goode
Dr. Bill Taylor