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Service Categories

LOGO Kids Summer Service Challenge FINAL

Tennessee Kids Serve Challenge Categories

Summer Challenge Guidelines:

1)       Challenge participants must complete a service activity from at least four of the nine categories.

2)       Challenge participants must submit their completed service log along with photos of the child serving to the Office of the First Lady by Wednesday, August 11

We have listed examples of service activities under each category; however, you do not have to use these examples. We challenge you to get creative and come up with your own service project ideas!    


Category 1: Care for the food-insecure


- Pack snack bags for children who receive assistance at food banks. Ask your local food bank what to include in the bags!

- Volunteer to help your local foodbank with sorting or delivering meals.

- Place a box on your porch. Let your neighbors know that you are collecting goods for a local food pantry.

Category 2: Beautify your neighborhood


- Pick up trash in your neighborhood or in a nearby park.

- Start a free lending library on your street with gently used books from your collection to share with neighbors.

- Make thank you notes for your local grocers.

Category 3: Show kindness to the elderly


- Ask the director of a local nursing home to pair you with a resident who would enjoy a pen pal and exchange letters.

- Find an elderly person that needs help with outdoor chores: offer to mow their grass, water their flowers, wash their car…

-Share your talents with a local senior center by putting on a concert or talent show.

Category 4: Support foster kids and families


- Drop off snacks at the local DCS office to encourage staff.

- Donate new or gently used clothing and/or toys to a local foster care nonprofit.

- If you know a family who is fostering, make a fun kit to celebrate their foster child’s birthday.

Category 5: Honor veterans and servicemen and women


- Write thank you notes and letters of encouragement to members of the military.

- Clean up trash and debris at your local veterans cemetery.

- Make a meal for a Gold Star family.

Category 6: Thank first responders


-  Create care packages for firefighters or policemen in your neighborhood. Possible items to include: granola bars, gum, hand sanitizer, a thank you note, water, etc.

-  Host a cookie drive. Have your friends each bring a batch of cookies. Enjoy delivering cookies to your local firefighters and policemen together – and be sure to tell them thank you!

Category 7: Uplift the homeless


- Keep cold waters and snacks in the car to give to unhoused individuals.

- Host a coat drive in your neighborhood and donate your collection to a homeless shelter.

Category 8: Free Choice/Random Acts of Kindness

Use your creativity to serve a cause you are passionate about. Talk as a family about what individuals or causes you would like to help. You can repeat one of the activities listed above or use your creativity to meet a need for a person or cause you care about


- Write a letter to your teacher to let them know how much you appreciate them.

- Use your allowance to pick out a toy for a child in need and brighten someone else’s day!