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Top participants to join Governor and First Lady Lee at the Tennessee Residence for a carnival

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

Eight-year-old Wesley Stephens from Franklin County, a third grader at North Lake Elementary School, completed 57 total service hours during the program. He is the son of April Stephens and Dwight Stephens Jr. 

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

In May, Lee launched Tennessee Kids Serve Summer Challenge, 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 and first responders.

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

Wesley is among the top participants who have been invited to the carnival in September.