Volunteer Tennessee Announces 2019 Award of Excellence Honorees
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2020
Sixteen schools recognized for their commitment to service
(Nashville, TN — February 19, 2020) — Volunteer Tennessee’s Award of Excellence program recently recognized sixteen schools from across the state for their outstanding commitment to service. The 2019 Award of Excellence honorees were announced at the 2020 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning in Franklin on February 11. First Lady Maria Lee was the featured speaker during the recognition event and presented the awards to the schools with Volunteer Tennessee’s Board Chair, Tina Hodges.
“It was an honor to join Volunteer Tennessee in recognizing schools from across the state that have gone above and beyond at incorporating service-learning into their classrooms to spark community change and transform students into servant leaders,” said First Lady Maria Lee.
To be considered for the Award of Excellence, schools complete an application and submit a letter from a school administrator indicating their commitment to service. Critical areas of focus as high quality educational opportunities are food security, mentorship of school aged children, and homelessness, though all focus areas were eligible and encouraged to apply.
Volunteer Tennessee’s board of commissioners launched the School Award of Excellence program in 2017 to provide annual recognition for K-12 schools engaged in exemplary service, service-learning, and volunteerism. The purpose of this recognition is to promote youth engagement in the improvement of their local communities.
Please visit www.volunteertennessee.net to find photos of the school honorees and learn more about the Award of Excellence Program.
Below is a list of the 2019 School Award of Excellence Honorees:
- Beacon Academy
- Central Magnet School
- Dover Elementary School
- Ensworth School - High School Division
- Friendship Christian School
- Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School
- Jefferson County High School
- Johnson County High School
Mountain City, TN
- Lipscomb Academy
- Middle Tennessee Christian School
- South Knoxville Elementary School
- South Pittsburg High School
- Unaka High School
- Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School
- University School of Nashville
- Whitwell High School
Volunteer Tennessee is the 25-member bipartisan citizen board appointed by the Governor to oversee AmeriCorps and service-learning programs and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to solve community problems in the Volunteer State. For more information, visit www.volunteertennessee.net or visit us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.