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School Service Seal of Approval

The Volunteer Tennessee Seal of Approval program is intended to provide recognition annually for K-12 schools (both private and public) engaged in volunteerism and service. This program is supported by Volunteer Tennessee, the state service commission, and provides an opportunity for schools to be recognized for outstanding work in the area of service, service-learning, and volunteerism.

Application: In order for a school to be considered for the Volunteer Tennessee Seal of Approval recognition program, the school must complete the electronic application for consideration by the committee by the annual deadline.

Schools who would like to be considered for recognition for 2016-2017 must submit their completed application by January 9, 2018. Schools will be notified by January 22, 2018. Submit applications here.

Application Requirements:

1. Engage students/faculty/staff in at least one school-wide service project during the school year.

  •   Describe the service project(s).
  • Which category of service would best describe the project(s)? Please explain.
    •   Direct service: youth volunteered and had direct contact with the people served
    • In-direct service: youth collected or constructed items without direct contact with beneficiaries
    •  Advocacy: writing letters in support of a cause, awareness campaign, etc.
  • Describe student involvement in planning and implementing the project(s).
  •  Describe the impact of the project(s) on the school and community.

2. List faculty/administrators/staff who volunteered outside of school (church, 4-H, scouts, recreation, etc.) during the past year.  Include the activity and the estimated number of hours served during the year.

3.  List community members/agencies (not parents of current students) who provide service to the school.  Include the activity and estimated number of hours (such as Lions Club sight testing, Red Cross training, naturalist program, etc.)

4. List the organizations/clubs in your school that support service, including those that have service hour requirements for members and/or engage youth in service through the school club (scouts, 4-H, Interact, after-school clubs, etc.).

In addition, each school will supply a letter of support from its school administrator (principal or system administrator) indicating the school/district’s commitment to service.

Recognition: If approved, recognized schools will receive a certificate (suitable for framing) signed by the Volunteer Tennessee Executive Director and the Volunteer Tennessee Board of Director’s Chairperson. Recipients of this award will be recognized at the annual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service Learning as well as the recipients’ schools.