Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge FAQ
How do I qualify for the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge?
Participants will be encouraged to do community service over the summer by completing two requirements:
1) Complete the required number of service categories:
i. K – 2nd graders will need to complete at least 3 of the given service categories
ii. 3rd – 6th graders will need to complete at least 5 of the given service categories
2) Complete at least 8 (K – 2nd) or 12 (3rd – 6th) service hours in TOTAL. More than this number of service hours is highly encouraged, as winners will be selected from the students with the most service hours!
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 August 9, 2019. When completing the service log, an adult at the place of service will need to sign off on each service activity completed by the child: for instance, when taking baked goods to a fire station, please have the fire chief or a firefighter sign off.
Service Logs can be returned to the Office of the First Lady by:
Mail: Office of the First Lady, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN 37243
What will students receive for participating in the challenge?
All students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate of participation signed by First Lady Maria Lee.
Those who complete the highest number of service hours and fulfill the service category requirements
during the challenge will be invited to a Summer Service Celebration event on September 14, 2019 at the Tennessee Residence with Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee in celebration of their hard work!
How many service hours do I have to complete?
Students in Rising K – Rising 2nd will need to complete a total of AT LEAST 8 service hours.
Students in Rising 3rd – Rising 6th will need to complete a total of AT LEAST 12 service hours.
All students are encouraged to complete more than the minimum number of hours to make an impact in their community and to be considered for an invitation to the Summer Service Celebration event on September 14, 2019 at the Tennessee Residence with Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee.
How do I track my service hours?
You can track your service hours using the Service Log provided for download after you submit the registration form.
What if I cannot access internet, a computer or printer to register online for the challenge?
Please contact the Office of the First Lady at 615-741-7846 or Tennessee.Serves@tn.gov and we can work with you on a solution.
Can I still register for the challenge after June 1?
Yes, you may register at any point during the challenge from June 1 – August 1.
Where can I find opportunities to serve in my community?
Check out the First Lady’s website at tn.gov/firstlady to find ideas for unique ways you can serve your community.
Does doing my family chores count as service hours?
This challenge is designed to get you and your family thinking outside of the box about how you can serve your neighbors and your community. Family chores or serving your family will NOT count as service hours for this challenge.
How do I share information with First Lady Maria Lee about my child’s summer service?
You can share photos of your child serving on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) with the hashtag #TNKidsServe or email them to our office at Tennessee.Serves@tn.gov.
First Lady Lee will share these photos on social media and on her website. You can follow along with First Lady Maria Lee on social media here:
Facebook: First Lady Maria Lee
YouTube: First Lady Maria Lee
Flickr: First Lady Maria Lee