Mark your calendars! South Cumberland Community Fund’s Make a Difference day of service is only a few weeks away. On July 20, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m., SCCF will host its third annual day of service at Grundy County’s six elementary schools, as well as Sewanee and Monteagle elementary schools.
Each of the schools has been allocated $800 for purchasing supplies for service projects that benefit the school. School staff and students, SCCF, and local AmeriCorps VISTA members have been hard at work since December planning for the day and purchasing needed supplies. School projects range from gardening to organizing libraries to mural painting.
“This year Make a Difference will focus on projects that help the schools get ready for the new school year,” said chair, Bonnie McCardell. “We are excited to have the opportunity to involve students, families, and community members in supporting the good work of our community schools.”
McCardell added that Scout groups, 4H organizations, churches, businesses, and any other community groups are encouraged to participate as well.
Each school determines its own priorities for the work day in consultation with teachers and staff and often with input from the students themselves. Last year, Monteagle Elementary School voted to have their projects include a much-needed cover for a bike rack, which is used often by students who ride their bikes to school, especially in inclement weather. Tracy City Elementary School held a contest among its students to determine a unique and beautiful design for a new mural in their 7th and 8th grade hallway. At North Elementary School, students and community members gathered together to repair stepping stones in a garden that was established in memory of a North student who passed away ten years ago. These are only a few of the many exciting projects that have been completed across the Plateau since Make a Difference Day was instituted.
Make a Difference Day will be held rain or shine, and volunteers at every site will receive a free breakfast as well as a Make a Difference t-shirt. Each school will also host an “Appreciation Table” where volunteers can write “Welcome Back” letters to school staff. Community members are encouraged to visit www.southcumberlandcommunityfund.org to sign up for Make a Difference Day, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.