Mark your calendars! South Cumberland Community Fund’s Make a Difference (MAD) Day of Service is only a few weeks away. On March 3, SCCF will host its second annual day of service at each of the six Grundy County elementary schools, as well as Sewanee and Monteagle Elementary.
Each of the schools has been allocated $1,000 for purchasing supplies for service projects to benefit the school. The schools, SCCF, and local Americorps VISTA members have been hard at work since December planning for the day and purchasing the needed supplies. The projects range from gardening to organizing libraries to mural painting.
“Make a Difference Day was so successful last year, with over 400 community members of all ages participating. We are thrilled that schools wanted to partner again this year,” said SCCF board member and MAD chair, Bonnie McCardell.
Each school determines its own priorities for the work day, often in consultation with school teachers and staff and even from the students themselves. At Monteagle Elementary School, the students participated in an essay-writing contest to determine how best to use the funds. Monteagle student Stella Wilson won for her essay on the need for a shelter for their bike rack to save students’ bicycles from rusting on rainy days. Tracy City Elementary School is currently holding a contest among its students to find a unique and beautiful design for a new mural in their 7th and 8th grade hallway.
At North Elementary School, students past and present and community members are coming together to repair stepping stones in their garden in memory of a NES student who passed away ten years ago.
These are only a few of the many exciting projects that will be happening across the Plateau. In addition, each school will have an “Appreciation Table” where volunteers can write thank-you letters to school staff and local emergency workers.
Make a Difference Day will be held rain or shine, and volunteers at all sites will receive a free breakfast as well as a Make a Difference t-shirt.
Anyone interested in signing up or learning more about Make a Difference Day can visit southcumberlandcommunityfund.org/make-a-difference-2018, email email@example.com, or contact Adele McAllister at 443-812-076. Sign-up sheets are also available at your local elementary school.