As I settle into my new role as President of PENCIL, I've learned a few important lessons: First, there is an incredible amount of potential across the PENCIL network--in our student interns (hundreds of them), in our school partners (and their principals & teachers), and in our business partners (and their employee volunteers) who give of their time, expertise and resources to help put students on the path to success. Second, someone has to connect the dots--between the schools, businesses and the students we are all trying to help succeed. While most of the money to support PENCIL's mission comes from the many generous companies that sponsor our work, I know there are thousands more individuals that we are just beginning to engage. The PENCIL – Back to School Challenge is an opportunity for those that are already working with us, those that are considering getting involved and those benefiting from PENCIL's work, to join with the broader PENCIL network and sustain our important work together. I hope you'll consider a small donation to the back to school challenge!