Tennessee First Lady to Participate in Make a Difference Day


Tennessee First Lady Maria Lee will serve alongside volunteers on Make a Difference Day,  July 20 at several elementary school sites. Mrs. Lee is passionate about service and found a good match in the goals of South Cumberland Community Fund’s (SCCF) Make a Difference Day and her own priorities for serving the state.

For the third year, SCCF will partner with the eight elementary schools on the Plateau and the AmeriCorps VISTA program for a morning of service. This year the date was moved to coincide with the opening of school so the community can help get their schools in shape for the new school year. Volunteers are needed to plant gardens, apply new paint in old spaces, and spruce up playgrounds, among many other projects. The service day will run from 8 a.m.-noon and a light breakfast will be available with a T-shirt given to every volunteer.

This year Tracy City Elementary will concentrate on outdoor spaces, including planting trees and painting playground benches. Coalmont Elementary will repaint the school parking lot, plant flower beds, and work on a variety of indoor painting projects. Monteagle Elementary will create an outdoor classroom space. Sewanee Elementary will add game boards to the playground area, repair and refill sandboxes, and add mulch to a newly landscaped area.

All hands are welcome – students, parents, teachers, and community members. Rakes, shovels, wheelbarrows, and other gardening equipment are needed for many of the schools. To volunteer for Make a Difference Day please go to <https://www.southcumberlandcommunityfund.org/> or contact Lucas Crossland at <sccfvista@gmail.com> with questions or for additional information.