July 6– Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau, in partnership with Gov. Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, announced Tennessee Promise Saturday, a student volunteer day to be held in all Tennessee State Parks on Saturday, July 18.
The Tennessee Promise, part of Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative 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.
“This is a win-win,” Haslam said. “It’s a great way for our Tennessee Promise students to fulfill their community service requirements, while enjoying and improving our state parks and probably learning a little bit more about our state in the process.”
In Hardin County at Pickwick Landing State Park, students will be engaged in invasive plant removal and disc golf course preparation from 9-11 a.m.
Students will be removing some small sections of Chinese Privet, an exotic invasive plant species and begin prepping a few locations for the installation of a disc golf course.