As part of his participation in Cities of Service, Mayor Karl Dean has launched Nashville’s first-ever comprehensive service plan intended to leverage citizen engagement to address some of the city’s most pressing needs. The plan, titled Impact Nashville, outlines service initiatives related to education and environmental recovery from the May flood. Read Nashville's Cities of Service Plan Mayor Dean was one of 17 founding mayors of the Cities of Service coalition, formed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg last September. In January, Nashville received a grant from Cities of Service and the Rockefeller Foundation to hire a Chief Service Officer and develop a strategic service plan. The mayor held the kickoff event for Impact Nashville at Glendale Elementary on Thompson Avenue where students and parent volunteers helped construct a rain garden on the school property. View photos from the kickoff Glendale sustained water damage from the heavy rains that caused the May flood. The rain garden will help absorb and divert water during future rainfalls. Rain gardens and tree plantings are among the volunteer projects included in the Impact Nashville plan. Other service projects outlined in Impact Nashville include recruiting reading tutors to work with students in Nashville’s most high-need schools in kindergarten through second grade, and partnering high school student mentors with middle school students participating in one of Nashville’s NAZA afterschool programs.