Community Service

Care for Your Community - Image of town within a red heart, next to many reaching hands.

Monthly Service Opportunity

K12 Care for Your Community Campaign provides students a monthly opportunity to participate in local Community Service Projects. Students benefit by learning the importance of serving in the community and partnering with local charities.  Check out our monthly service opportunities below to learn how to get involved and see the amazing work Tennessee Virtual Academy and Tennessee Virtual High School students are doing.

Update your Twitter and Facebook profile with the Care for Your Community Twibbon!

https://twibbon.com/support/care-for-your-community-tnva

Please track all community service efforts and hours here:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/K12Cares

Share photos of your community service on our school Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/TennesseeVirtualAcademy/


October Community Service Logo

OCTOBER – National Bullying Prevention Month

Project Description

This October, you can help raise awareness by supporting National Bullying Prevention Month.

How can you participate?

Option 1: Make a Poster or Video

  • Make anti-bullying posters (be sure to include your school name) and display throughout the community and in your window. Take photos of your posters on display and post to the school Facebook page. Or make an anti-bullying video and post to the school Facebook page.

Option 2: Wear ORANGE on Unity Day

Wear ORANGE on October 24th and stand against bullying. Take a selfie and post to the school Facebook page.

Option 3: Attend an anti-bullying online event – invite a friend!

  • 10/9: Kindergarten – 5th Grade BE THE CHANGE @ 7pm EST REGISTER
  • 10/9: 6th – 8th Grade BE THE CHANGE @ 8pm EST REGISTER
  • 10/9: 9th – 12th Grade BE THE CHANGE @ 9pm EST REGISTER
  • 11/8: Parent Session – 7 Ways to Support a Child Who Is Being Bullied @ 1 pm EST

Option 4:  School Shirt Fundraiser: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/together-against-bullying 

  • Show your school pride by purchasing a Care for Your Community shirt; proceeds will go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. 

Events

Event Name: TNVA October Community Service Event

Date: 10/19/18

Time: 1pm ET – 2pm ET

Location: Oak Ridge Civic Center

Description

Do you live close to the Oak Ridge, TN area and want to show your community some love? Stop by to make antibullying posters (be sure to include your school name) while poster supplies last and display throughout the community and in your window. Take photos of your posters on display and post to the school Facebook page. Or make an antibullying video and post to your school's Facebook page. Join Tennessee Virtual Academy in Room B between 1:00pm and 2:00pm. We'd love to see you. All are welcome so bring a friend!

Cost: Free

Parking: Limited Free Civic Center Parking Space

Link to register: https://www.k12.com/event-info.0367D608-E6EB-4EFD-B744-1CB4749ED330-tnva-tnva-octobercommunityserviceevent.html 


Back to School Supply Drive

AUGUST – Back to School (B2S) Supply Drive

This fall thousands of children will go back to school without the supplies they need. You can help!

Project Description

Through the Back to School (B2S) Supply Drive, you can help students in need in your local community. Fill a backpack with standard school supplies or organize a school supply drive and donate at a Salvation Army drop-off site.

  1. Collect and donate back to school supplies, such as pens, pencils, notebooks, folders, backpacks, etc. You can drop them off at your local Salvation Army or schedule a free pickup.
  2. Purchase a Care for Your Community backpack to keep or fill and donate. Sale proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army.
  3. Care for Your Community Backpack
  4. Take photos of you with your donation items and share them on your school Facebook page by August 31.
  5. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!

 

Event Photos

Students drawing pictures at a table


July Community Service - clean up a park

JULY – Support the Power of Parks!

July is Parks and Recreation Month. This year's theme is Parks and Recreation: A Lifetime of Discovery. The National Recreation and Park Association is challenging everyone to explore the "undiscovered" power of parks!

Together, let's celebrate the unique role parks play in our communities!

Order a K12 Cares Fundraiser T-shirt

Order your K12 Cares t-shirt this month and help keep our parks clean and beautiful!

Project Description

Clean Up a Park!

  1. Join as at an organized group event below, or individually partner with your community park to clean up litter, plant flowers, or remove invasive plants.
  2. Purchase a Care for Your Community tee! Proceeds will be donated to the National Recreation and Park Association.
  3. Take photos of your park cleanup and share them on your school Facebook page by July 30.
  4. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!

Event Photos

Clean a Park


Kids at a lemonade stand fundraiser

JUNE – Join the Fight Against Childhood Cancer

Help change the lives of children with cancer, raise awareness, and empower others to help find a cure by partnering—alone or as a group—with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Project Description

Set Up a Lemonade Stand

Be part of a national movement to fight childhood cancer—one cup at a time!  Visit the foundation's website for all the details.

  1. Choose your location, date and time, and register your Alex’s Lemonade Stand. (We encourage children to participate every step of the way, they will just need an adult to help them register.)
  2. You can choose to have an event kit mailed to you and you’ll get a personal event coach from Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help answer your questions.
  3. Take photos of your lemonade stand and share them on your school Facebook page by June 30.
  4. Be sure to tell us about your efforts by completing the Community Service Survey!

 


Stamp Out Hunger Logo

MAY – Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive

You're invited to participate in the largest one-day food drive in the nation!

Saturday, May 12 is the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive. On that day, letter carriers all over the country will collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes.   

This is a wonderful opportunity for you, individually or as part of a group, to show support for local families in need. Watch this video to see the difference you could make.

Project Description

Fill a bag or box with non-perishable food items. Leave it by your mailbox on Saturday, May 12 for your letter carrier to pick up. Or organize a food drive in your community and deliver food to a local food bank or shelter.

Take photos of your donations at your mailbox or distribution site and share them on your school Facebook page by May 31.

Photos

Students at the May Food Drive

Students and Voluteers at the May Food Drive


Pinwheels for Prevention

APRIL – Pinwheels for Prevention®

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we invite you to show your support for our nation's children by making your own pinwheel display!

Pinwheels are the national symbol of child abuse prevention and a visible reminder of the happy and healthy childhood that all children deserve.

Project Description

Make or purchase inexpensive pinwheels and create a pinwheel garden in your yard or at a local business (with permission). Or you can make a Pinwheels for Prevention poster to display on your front porch or window, and be sure to include your school's name!

Events

Do you live in or around the Knoxville area and want to show your community some love? Join Tennessee Virtual Academy for K12 Cares April Community Service Project between promptly at 12:45pm inside the The Muse Knoxville to create your own pinwheels for display at The Muse Knoxville pinwheel garden or at your home. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and we invite you to show your support for our nation's children by making your own pinwheel display!

Photos

TNVA Table with Pinwheels


MARCH – Read Across America Book Drive

March Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.   

Project Description

Option 1:  Book Donation

  • Share your love of reading by donating gently used books to the local library.

Option 2:  Volunteer

  • Volunteer to read a favorite book at a local library or bookstore story time or to a senior at a local assisted living facility.

Option 3:  Little Free Library Project

Events

Do you live in or around the Chattanooga area and want to show your community some love?  Join Tennessee Virtual Academy for K12 Cares “Read Across America” March Community Service Project between 10am and 12:00pm at Chattanooga Public Library (Downtown Branch) and donate children books.  We'd love to see you.  All are welcome so bring a friend!


Photos

Coming Soon! 


FEBRUARY – Love a Charity

February is a great time to show your favorite charities some love by making an extra contribution or volunteering your time and talent.

Project Description

Option 1:  Spread Love with Valentine’s

  • Make and deliver Valentine cards and spread love to those needing it the most.
  • Senior Citizens in Assisted Living or Nursing Home Facility
  • Patients at the Local Children’s Hospital
  • Fire Fighters, Police Officers, or EMT’s in the Local Community

Events

Do you live in or around the Knoxville area and want to show your community some love?  Stop by Ronald McDonald House to make (or sign) a Thank You card for a local hero, a child at Children's Hospital, or military member.  Join Tennessee Virtual Academy in the dining room between 11am and noon.  We'd love to see you.  All are welcome so bring a friend!  FREE while supplies last.

2/23 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville

Volunteers making Thank You cards
Volunteers making Thank You cards
TNVA Student Volunteers Group Photo in front of Ronald McDonald House