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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. 

Schools that would like to be considered for recognition for the 2020-21 academic year must complete an application by September 10, 2021.  Schools will be notified by December 1.

2020-21 Award of Excellence Application Details

Click here for the 2020-21 Award of Excellence Application

Each school must provide a letter of support from its school administrator (principal or system administrator) indicating the school/district’s commitment to service.

Recognition: If approved, recognized schools will receive a certificate (suitable for framing) signed by the Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director and the Volunteer Tennessee Board of Director’s Chairperson. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the 2022 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning.

Questions may be directed to Shannon Duke at Shannon.Duke@tn.gov

Additional Opportunities for Schools Engaged in Service:

The 2022 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.  

Volunteer Tennessee is currently seeking students to serve on the Student Track Planning Committee. Help us plan a great space for Tennessee youth to come together and expand their service reach. Please email Stephanie.Houghton@tn.gov for more info or to sign up for the Student Planning Committee.

 More information about the conference can be found here.

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 virtual recognition ceremony is available to watch here.

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.