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Monthly Service Challenge

Each month, a new mission will be posted as motivation for us all to roll up our sleeves and serve our communities. Be sure to keep the Office of the First Lady in the loop by posting on social media using #TennesseeServes for a chance to be recognized as a Service Spotlight. Grab your friends, family, classmates or colleagues and join us as Tennessee Serves!


Help kids and families go back to school

Help Students and Teachers Go Back To School

This month, Tennessee Serves is focused on helping students and teachers go back to school. Join First Lady Maria Lee in ensuring they have the support and resources they need.

Ways to serve:

1.    Show teachers appreciation and recognition

a.    Give them a gift card

b.    Know their birthday

c.     Send a thank you note

d.    Take a meal

e.    Volunteer to cover a duty

2.    Serve as a mentor or tutor (in-person or virtually)

a.    Join Big Brothers or Big Sisters

b.    Volunteer with Tennessee After School Network and Raise Your Hand Tennessee

c.     Sign up to mentor a Tennessee Promise 2021 student

d.    Become a tutor with YMCA

3.    Donate school supplies

a.    Contact your school district’s Family Resource Center to find out what students need most

b.    Connect with a local nonprofit that supports a backpack program in your district

c.    Make masks for kids who might need an extra

d.    Organize a collection of school supplies at your church

e.    Start a supply drive in your neighborhood to donate to a school in your community

For additional information on donating school supplies, email:

Remember to post on social media about how you participated in this month’s challenge using #TennesseeServes for a chance to be featured as one of our service spotlights!