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We welcome and need your involvement in the University School Foundation, which is our version of a Parent/Teacher/Student association that serves the faculty, staff and students at University School.  We are a volunteer group of dedicated parents, teachers, and administrators and YOU are a member.   Like and follow us on Facebook

What does the University School Foundation do?

The primary mission of the University School Foundation is to support the children, students, and faculty and staff that attend and are employed by University School, to assist in providing an enriched physical and intellectual environment so that each individual has a positive place to learn and/or work, to operate exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, physical, and educational purposes and more specifically for the support, improvement, and perpetuation of the University School of East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee.

How does the University School Foundation raise money?

We organize fundraisers.  We run a fall fundraiser and a spring fundraiser each year and will host additional fundraisers as necessary to meet the needs of our school.  An opportunity to make monetary donations directly to the Foundation or specific projects is also available.  Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated and all donations are tax deductible.

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 3:30pm. Meetings begin in August and we do not meet during breaks.

Where does the Foundation meet?
In the 3rd Grade Classroom (Room 103)

What are some of the Volunteer opportunities?

Volunteer Committee
Using these completed forms 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 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 hours 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 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 Mothers Day, University School sponsors a plant sale. Our Fundraising Coordinator 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 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 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. 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 board members listed or show up at a meeting.  Everyone is welcome. 

The University School Foundation will normally meet every 2nd Monday of the month, in Room 103, at 3:30 p.m. Some meetings will be rescheduled when breaks interfere.  The following dates are scheduled for 2019-2020:

Monday Aug 5th
Tuesday Sept 3rd
Monday Oct 7th
Monday Nov 4th
Monday Dec 9th
Monday Jan 6th
Tuesday Feb 4th
Monday March 2nd
Monday April 6th
Monday May 4th


2018-2019 University School Foundation


Kelly Foster

Vice President

John Dixon


Judy Rice


Wendy Watkins


Shellie Ford

Elementary Reps

Christine Hutchinson


Cameron Coleman


Shellie Ford


Jaime Kiech

Middle School Reps

Emmett Ballard


Leisa Harvey


Donna Noland


Treva Sellars

High School Reps

Janine Berning


Katie Carnahan


Kathi Horne


Lisa Owens

Fundraising Chair

Ashley Grindstaff




Non-Voting Members



Fundraising Co-Chairs

Heidi Adams


Cameron Coleman


Brenda Glassgow

Alumni Coordinator

Lisa Houston


Apparel Sales

Amy Horton


Melanie Cox

Box Tops

Heidi Wallace


Tracy Lehrfelds

Buc Booster Liaison

Judy Rice

Facebook Administrator

Lisa Houston


Katie Carnahan


Melanie Cox


Amy Edmonds


Laura Willard


Amanda Peterson


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

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