COMPASS Partners: 

 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.


Our History: 

​​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 Community Outreach Making Partnerships At Sumner Schools

Teacher Recognition Programs

COMPASS values and appreciates our wonderful teachers and we coordinate with our Partners to recognize our teachers throughout the school year by sponsoring events in their honor.  

COMPASS sponsors the Teacher of the Year Luncheon, the Teacher Talk Workshop, and the Teacher Perfect Attendance Recognition Luncheon.  

It is important to support and encourage our teachers and COMPASS partners with the Sumner County School System to recognize our outstanding teachers each year at the Teacher of the Year event. 

COMPASS recognizes our teachers who achieve perfect attendance each year to thank them for modeling a great work ethic and example to our students with a luncheon in their honor. 

COMPASS is interested in what our teachers have to say about their profession and their challenges.  We sponsor the annual Teacher Talk workshop so that our teachers can inform our business community about their needs in the classroom.  

​​​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 

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.