They call themselves the P.U.R.P.L.E. Girl’s, but their community may be more inclined to call them good citizens and servants.
Fifteen Goodlettsville Middle ladies, grades six through eight, are part of a special mentoring group (P.U.R.P.L.E.: Pursuing Uniqueness, Responsibility, Purpose, Leadership, & Education) that aims to serve the community. Thanksgiving weekend, the girls volunteered at The Women’s and Children’s Shelter and served dinner to more than 200 homeless women and children. The project proved to be a powerful, and fun, experience!
More than 2,000 volunteers got their hands dirty this past Saturday as part of the city's single largest day of service. For the 21st annual Hands On Nashville Day, 58 schools benefited from more than 8,000 hours of free labor in the form of landscaping, painting, and cleaning projects. New this year, HON added rain gardens to the list of services. By the end of the day, in partnership with Cumberland River Compact, rain gardens were built at 20 schools to help manage storm water and create a learning opportunity for the students.
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At Haywood Elementary (pictured to the right, photograph by Caroline Price), nearly 100 volunteers spent the day pulling weeds, planting vegetables in the school's garden, painting walls, and more. According to Principal Melanie Schiff, "We are fortunate to have so many staff members who were willing give their time and guide the volunteers as they accomplished so many tasks in such a short period of time."
In a press release issued by HON, CEO Brian Williams said, "Whether volunteers spent their morning building rain gardens, painting cafeterias or beautifying school grounds, their efforts help build a strong community. We continue to be inspired by our neighbors’ willingness to lend time, talents and treasure to serve with Hands On Nashville during this annual event and throughout the year.”
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According to Independent Sector research, the time volunteers donated made an estimated $174,320 economic impact, saving Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools significant resources. This is the 11th year Hands On Nashville has partnered with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools.
To honor and remember 9/11, Mayor Karl Dean's Impact Nashville is organizing volunteer projects and special events for Nashville's Fire Fighters Appreciation Day, celebrated on Saturday, September 10.One of these is the "Cards of Bravery" project, which encourages youth to write cards for police officers and fire fighters in Nashville. In these cards, young people can outline what bravery means to them and thank the brave men and women who serve our community. Teachers & Parents: We ask you to encourage your children and your students to write their own "Cards of Bravery." This is a terrific opportunity for them to be involved in the Nashville's and the nation's efforts to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Our police officers and fire fighters will surely appreciate their kind words and support.
If you would like to participate, please bring your "Cards of Bravery" to any of the following locations by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9.Mayor's Office100 Metro Courthouse, 37201Parks Department511 Oman Street, 37203Metro Schools Central Office2601 Bransford Avenue, 37204
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