University School Foundation



University School Foundation…


Meeting Time:  3:30 p.m. in 3rd Grade Classroom (Room 103)    *New time for 2015

Meeting Date:  2nd Monday of each month

2015-2016 Meeting Dates: August 10,  October 12, November 9, January 11, February 8, April 11, and May 9th

2014-2015 University School Foundation President:    Ms. Leisa Harvey 


Thursdays, July 23rd & 30th, 5:30 p.m. Foundation Meet-N-Greet:  The University School Foundation is having a Meet-N-Greet with new teachers and Dr. Knechtel and to learn ways they can be more involved in the school.  Apparel will also be sold during the event.  It will be from 5:30-600 p.m., in the gym on the evenings of the University School Open House events, Thursday, July 23rd and 30th.






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We welcome and need your involvement in the University School Foundation because the Foundation directly impacts your children!

What does the University School Foundation do?
We operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes. More specifically, our Foundation works to support, improve, and continue the University School of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee.

How does the Foundation raise money?
We organize fundraisers. Traditionally, we have a Cookie Dough Sale in July-August and a Plant Sale in May. This year's Cookie Dough Fundraiser Goal is to raise the funds to renovate the stage in the Gym for performance purposes. An opportunity to make monetary donations directly to the Foundation for other projects is also available. Donations of any amount will be greatly appreciated and all donations are tax deductable.

What does the Foundation do with money that is raised?
We fund requests from teachers which may include tools and materials, curriculum (educational materials), and technology.

Who can be a member of the Foundation?
Any parent/guardian of a University School Student who subscribes to the purposes of the Foundation.

When does the Foundation meet?
2nd Monday of the Month at 4:00pm. Meetings begin in August and we do not meet during breaks.

Where does the Foundation meet?
In the Media Center on the 2”°’ floor of the University School.

What are some of the Volunteer opportunities?
Volunteer Committee
Using these completed forms, Leisa Harvey, the coordinator, and this committee will plug volunteers into various events throughout the year via telephone calls or emails. This is a great way to meet people.

Box Tops Committee
You know those box top labels you see on products in the grocery store? Well, they can add up to a lot $ for our school. Our coordinator is Janice Arnold and she could use one or two committee members to help collect, count, and mail box tops throughout the year. These committee members will collect box tops twice a year (Spring and Fall) and total time necessary is about 5 hours.

Field Day Committee
Everyone loves Field Day! If you choose this, you'll work one on one with Coach Cradic to coordinate volunteers for the special day. Committee members will spend 1-2 hour’s pre field day and can spend up to 7 hours on field day.

Hospitality Committee
Let's make our teachers feel special with some hospitality. As a member you will work along side Nora Jane Wexler, the coordinator, to help with school wide teacher appreciation projects (i.e. breakfasts/lunches), teacher appreciation week, and other special events your group may decide upon together. Committee members will help with these special events throughout the year, total time necessary is 1-2 hours per event.

Spring Fundraiser Committee
Every spring, around Mother’s Day, University School sponsors a plant sale. Herman Rice is our Fundraising Coordinator and could use several committee members to help with the planning and coordination of the plant sale. Committee members will help with this once a year event for several weeks before with planning and during the event; total time necessary is 5-10 hours.

Fall Fundraiser and Committee
Work with Herman Rice, fundraising coordinator, and the University School Foundation board to plan and execute the fall fundraiser, collection of money, and distribution of materials. Time needed 4-5 hours planning, 4-5 hours collecting and tallying monies, 12+ hours distributing. (This committee needs several members)

Community Service Committee
If you like to help others than this is for you. Team up with Shannon Crouthers the coordinator, and University School faculty and help with “Drives”. Canned food drives, coat drives, clothing drives, etc. Time needed varies with each drive.

Special Events Committee
Volunteers in this area will help with school special events like “Pickin’ in the School Yard”, Annual Musical Productions, School Beautification Days, Middle School Mixer, etc. The Special Events Coordinator and you will work with the University School Faculty member or foundation representative for each grade level. Elementary School Reps are Lisa Houston & Donna Noland, Middle School Reps are Christy Weems & Erin Sherlin, and High School Reps are Nora Jane Wexler and Kelly Wherry. Time needed varies with each event.

Come to a meeting! Join us! Participate in fundraisers!

How can you get more information? Contact any of the members listed above or just come to a meeting.




Printable Funding Request Application


University School faculty and staff may apply for funding through the Foundation by completing a Funding Request Application. Email or return to Leisa Harvey   or Amy Benton at




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