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Challenge Guidelines and Information

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First Lady Maria Lee’s

Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge


First Lady Maria Lee invites all Tennessee elementary students (grades: rising K – 6) to participate in the statewide Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge. The goal of this challenge is to instill in kids a heart for service and ask them to join the first lady in devoting a small portion of their summer break to serving others.

In light of COVID-19, this year’s challenge guidelines have been updated to recognize the extenuating circumstances for both participating families and available service opportunities. Now more than ever, it is crucial that we continue to care for and serve one another in safe, meaningful ways.

The challenge will start on Monday, June 1, and conclude on Saturday, August 1.


The 2020 Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge will include eight service categories from which kids are encouraged to select a service project. To complete the challenge, a child must complete a service activity from at least four of the eight categories. Suggestions are provided for each category, but participants are not required to select a project from the given list in order to complete the category. Creativity is highly encouraged!

Each week, First Lady Maria Lee will highlight a service category on social media. Kids can follow along and complete an activity from the category she focuses on each week, or they can complete each category in the order and timeframe that works best for the child and family.

Upon registering for the challenge, families will receive additional information and a service log to return to the Office of the First Lady. Parents or guardians will need to help their child fill out the required contact information on the service log and return it to the Office of the First Lady by Wednesday, August 12.


All students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate of recognition signed by First Lady Maria Lee.


To REGISTER for the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge, visit: