Challenge Guidelines and Information
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.
The challenge will start on Tuesday, June 1, and conclude on Sunday, August 1.
The 2021 Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge will include nine 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 11.
All students who complete the challenge will receive a certificate of recognition signed by First Lady Maria Lee. Those who complete the highest number of service hours during the challenge will be invited to a Summer Service Carnival event on Saturday, October 16 at the Tennessee Residence with
Governor Bill Lee and First Lady Maria Lee in celebration of their hard work!