Gov. Bill Lee, First Lady Maria Lee Celebrate Participants of Kids Service Challenge at Tennessee Residence

Saturday, September 16, 2023 | 11:34am

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee hosted a carnival at the Tennessee Residence to celebrate more than 200 kids from across the state who completed the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge.

The First Lady launched the summer service challenge in 2019 through her initiative Tennessee Serves to encourage rising kindergarten through sixth grade students to devote a portion of their summers to serving their neighbors. This year, more than 1,125 children across the state participated, serving a record-breaking number of 3,310 hours in their communities. 

“Each year, Bill and I are touched by the creative acts of kindness kids across Tennessee complete in service to their communities,” said First Lady Maria Lee. “No matter our age, we all can make a difference in the lives of those around us. We’re confident these young Tennesseans will continue to transform our state through service and will make immeasurable impacts on those around them for years to come.”

During the event, the Governor and First Lady met with the participants and their families, congratulating them on their success over the summer and encouraging them to continue serving others throughout the year. The carnival also featured games, prizes, snacks and special appearances from local sports teams’ mascots.

Find more information on the summer challenge here.