Plans are under way for the second annual Make a Difference Day, a day of service focused on the eight elementary schools across the Plateau. Sponsored by South Cumberland Community Fund (SCCF), last year’s event brought together more than 400 volunteers to paint murals, organize libraries, clean out gardens, and generally support the local schools in completing projects that may not fit into their regular budgets.
SCCF has allocated $1,000 for each of the schools, which include Sewanee Elementary, Monteagle Elementary, and the six elementary schools of Grundy County. AmeriCorps VISTA members are currently working with school principals and staff to determine projects that can be completed in the four hour period.
Nicky Hamilton, SCCF’s Community Development Director, observed, “It was refreshing to see so much positive energy being put to such great use last year. I hope everyone will mark their calendars to be part of this community effort again.”
The service day will run from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., and will be held rain or shine. All volunteers will receive t-shirts, and a light breakfast will be available. As an added activity, volunteers will write letters of thanks to all school employees and local first responders. Sign-ups will be available online and at each school starting in February.
For further information contact AmeriCorps VISTA Adele McAllister at email@example.com or visit SCCF’s website at www.southcumberlandcommunityfund.org .