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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. 

Volunteer Tennessee is pleased to announce the call for applications to the 2020 Volunteer Tennessee Award of Excellence program. 

Schools that would like to be considered  for the 2019-20 school year, must complete the electronic application. The final deadline to apply is September 11.  Schools will be notified by November 16, 2020.

Click here for the application information and questions

►Click here for the 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 in the application.

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 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 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.  

► The 2021 TN Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning (TCVSL) is  seeking middle or high school students for the Student Track Planning Committee.  Monthly student planning calls will begin in September. Schools interested in having students on the committee can contact Stephanie Houghton at stephanie.houghton@tn.gov.  

►Volunteer Tennessee will be releasing the call for conference workshop proposals in early September.  The conference will also be seeking proposals from service-learning educators and students. Consider planning a session that can inspire other educators or students committed to service.

 More information about the conference can be found 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