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Tennessee state parks offering Promise scholars community service hours

Tennessee Promise scholars volunteering at Radnor Lake State Park in April 2016.
Tennessee Promise scholars volunteering at Radnor Lake State Park in April 2016.

Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas are offering volunteer events across the state to help Tennessee Promise scholars log community service hours on Saturday, July 23.

“TN Promise Saturday is a way for our parks to connect students to the outdoor opportunities available here in Tennessee while supporting their academic goals,” said Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation Brock Hill. “We’re excited to get as many students as possible outdoors and involved in hands-on activities.”

All 56 Tennessee State Parks are offering volunteer events, which include clearing brush, limbs and invasive plants; planting flowers; building trails; assisting with fun community events; or maintaining historic features. Projects are designed to beautify Tennessee’s parks and natural areas, as well as provide meaningful outdoor experiences for volunteers.

“tnAchieves is grateful for Tennessee State Parks and Natural Areas for its efforts to ensure TN Promise students cultivate a culture of giving back to their communities,” said Krissy DeAlegandro, executive director of tnAchieves. “This is another great example of how all Tennesseans are aligning for increased student success.”

The Tennessee Promise, part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiatives to increase the number of Tennesseans with a post-secondary credential to 55 percent by 2025, provides tuition-free community and technical college to recent high school graduates. All Tennessee Promise students utilizing the program this fall are required to complete eight hours of community service by Aug. 1, 2016.

View a current list of TN Promise events being held at Tennessee State Parks and register at www.tnstateparks.com/about/special-event-cards/tn-promise-saturday or contact Nancy Schelin at (615) 532-5249 or [email protected]