Union Elementary STEM and Demonstration School has been awarded the Governor’s Seal of Approval by the Volunteer Tennessee Board of Commissioners for their commitment to service! This is the second year in a row Union Elementary has been presented with the prestigious honor. The Volunteer Tennessee Board of Commissioners said they were impressed with the continued outstanding work UES is doing in the area of service, service learning and volunteerism. In February, Union Elementary was recognized at the annual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning.
Here are some of the ways students have been helping others:
In August, they raised more than $1,600 for a current student courageously and victoriously battling cystic fibrosis.
In September, they raised $800 for Autism Awareness. The school has several students affected by Autism and they wanted to support their students by raising not only money, but awareness too.
In October, they held SOCKtober, collecting more than 2,400 new socks that were sent to the Nashville Union Rescue Mission where children live. This endeavor served several purposes including building students awareness of children who live without simple necessities such as new and clean socks.
They also collected over 6,000 cans/food items for Second Harvest Food.
In November, they held a coat drive collecting more than 660 coats to children in the Gallatin community who otherwise may go without a winter coat. They also participated in a Stuffed Animal Drive providing free stuffed animals to children who do not have one. Approximately, 400 stuffed animals were donated.
In December, they collected Play-Doh for children residing at the Monroe Carroll Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. More than 2,000 Play-Doh items were collected as well as 575 new toys for Toys for Tots.
In January, they held a shoe drive that collected more than 500 gently used shoes.
In February, they raised money for the American Heart Association. Annually, they have raised more than $10,000.
In March, they honored kidney cancer awareness month, raising funds via a “Clover Sale” for the American Cancer Society in honor of a current students victorious battle with kidney cancer.
In April and May they are collecting new and gently-used books to give away to children in need. In 2018, they collected more than 6,000 books for children living in poverty to promote literacy.
All year long endeavors include: collecting beverage can tabs for the GHS Key Club, which sends the tabs to the Ronald McDonald House. As of February 6th, approximately 200 pounds of can tabs have been collected.
Also, they are collecting clothes for families struggling to make ends meet and have a Crayola ColorCycle program. An idea from one of their students where they take used magic markers/permanent markers to send to Crayola for recycling. This saves space in landfills and helps to protect our environment. As of February 6, over 100 pounds of markers have been repurposed and recycled.
Congratulations to all of our students who are working hard to make a difference!