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Tennessee kids complete 1,400 hours of service during First Lady's summer challenge

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Gov. Bill and First Lady Maria Lee

Gov. Bill and First Lady Maria Lee attended the One Gen Away fundraising breakfast Friday in Brentwood. 

Tennessee First Lady Maria Lee announced on Monday that kids from across the state completed 1,400 hours of service during the first annual Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge.  

“We are humbled and encouraged by the kids that devoted a portion of their summer break to serving others,” Lee said. “Our hope is that their love for service continues to grow and becomes a part of their everyday life.” 

In May, Lee launched Tennessee Serves, an initiative designed to encourage Tennesseans to serve one another and volunteer in their communities. 

As a component of her initiative, Lee introduced the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge with the goal of instilling in children a heart for service. Rising kindergarten through sixth grade students were tasked with completing a minimum of three to five service projects from eight categories including serving the elderly, food-insecure and first responders.  

Top participants of the Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge will join Governor Bill and First Lady Maria Lee at the Tennessee Residence for a carnival on Saturday, Sept. 14.

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