TN Promise Service Saturday

Student volunteers at Henry Horton State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The Tennessee Promise scholarship offers a lot to students with very few requirements. Along with completing the scholarship and FAFSA applications and attending mandatory meetings, all they must do is perform eight hours of community service. Eight hours is actually not much and can easily be completed during the months leading to high school graduation or in one day if needed.

Student volunteers at Bicentennial Capital Mall State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

If your child applied for the Tennessee Promise and still needs to earn community service hours, send them to the park this weekend for the annual TN Promise Service Saturday. The Tennessee State Parks and State Natural Areas are offering your college-bound child an opportunity to earn the required eight community service hours they need, all in one day. Parks and natural areas across the state in West, Middle and East Tennessee will host the event. Just as each park is unique, the volunteer activities will be specific to that park. Some projects will include rerouting trails, removing litter, weeding and more. All volunteers are asked to come dressed in proper attire that includes sturdy and closed toe shoes and work gloves. Volunteers may even consider wearing long sleeve shirts and pants, but that is optional. Also, they should wear sunscreen and bring plenty of water and food. Lunch and water will not be provided.

Student volunteers at Montgomery Bell State Park. Picture courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The TN Promise Service Saturday is open to anyone who wants to volunteer. You do not have to be a Tennessee Promise applicant to volunteer or “lend a hand”. Most of the volunteer events on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check the respective park for the actual scheduled hours, because they do vary. All volunteers must register with the park where they want to work, prior to the date. Check out all of the park locations. Registration may be done online on the event page for each service event. You may e-mail or call Nancy Schlein at (615) 532-5249 for more information.

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