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Award of Excellence For Schools

The Volunteer Tennessee Award of Excellence for Volunteerism and Service-Learning (formerly known as the Seal of Approval)  program provides recognition annually for K-12 schools (both private and public) engaged in volunteerism and service. This program is supported by Volunteer Tennessee, the state service commission, and provides an opportunity for schools to be honored for their outstanding work in the areas of service, service-learning, and volunteerism. The purpose of the recognition is to promote youth engagement in the improvement of their local communities. 

The 2019-2020 Award of Excellence Schools were recognized on February 8 at the 2021 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning.   The virtual recognition ceremony is available to watch here.

The application for the 2020-21 Award of Excellence recognition will be posted here in the summer of 2021. Questions may be directed to Shannon Duke at Shannon.Duke@tn.gov

The following schools  were recognized at the 2021 Virtual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning on February 8, 2021:

  • Beacon Academy 
  • Central Magnet School
  • Fayette Academy
  • Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School 
  • South Knoxville Elementary
  • Unaka High School
  • Union Elementary STEAM and Demonstration School
  • University School of Nashville 
  • Whitwell High School

 

 

The following schools  were recognized at the 2020 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning on February 11, 2020:

  • Beacon Academy, Collegedale, TN
  • Central Magnet School, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Dover Elementary School, Dover, TN
  • Ensworth School- High School Division, Nashville, TN
  • Friendship Christian School, Lebanon, TN
  •  Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School, Jackson, TN
  • Jefferson County High School, Dandridge, TN
  •  Johnson County High School, Mountain City, TN
  • Lipscomb Academy, Nashville, TN
  • Middle Tennessee Christian School, Murfreesboro, TN  
  • South Knoxville Elementary School, Knoxville, TN (Not pictured below)
  • South Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg, TN
  • Unaka High School, Elizabethton, TN
  • Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School, Gallatin, TN
  • University School of Nashville,Nashville, TN
  • Whitwell High School, Whitwell, TN

The following schools  were recognized at the 2019 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning on February 11, 2019:

• Beacon Academy 

• Central Magnet School

• Fayette Academy

• Ivy Academy Chattanooga

• Jefferson County High School 

• South Pittsburg High School 

• Unaka High School 

• Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School 

• University School of Nashville 

• Whitwell High School 

The following schools  were recognized at the 2018 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning on March 12, 2018:

  • Dickson County High School
  • Fayette Academy
  •  Ivy Academy Chattanooga
  • Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School 
  • University School of Nashville 

Additional Opportunities for Schools Engaged in Service:

The Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning includes a Student Track planned specifically by and for middle, high school, and college students. This track will provide a space for youth from Tennessee to connect over volunteerism, service-learning, and community engagement. 

 More information about the conference can be found here.