Students help seniors garden, clean, exercise, craft during Tennessee Kids Serve’s local kickoff

Through a Summer Challenge program led by Tennessee First Lady Marie Lee, rising K-6th graders participated in various service projects to assist seniors on Thursday, June 6, at FiftyForward Madison Station. Participating students helped with gardening, cleaning, fitness and craft projects from noon to 1:30 p.m. In addition to the camaraderie of the day, attendees enjoyed refreshments, including Kona Ice.

The event was the official Middle Tennessee kickoff for the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge, created by Lee. The challenge aims to instill in kids a heart for service by having them devote a small portion of their summer break to serving others.

“Intergenerational relationships matter so much and benefit both young and older people,” said Sallie Hussey, FiftyForward CEO. “That is why we are so happy to be a host site for first lady Lee’s Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge. It should be an enjoyable and meaningful experience for all involved.”

Students who complete the challenge receive a certificate of recognition signed by Lee, and top challenge participants will receive an invitation to a carnival celebration to honor their hard work at the Tennessee Residence with the governor and first lady.

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