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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.

Foundation Board

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.


Annual Holiday Event at Barnes and Noble - Cheesecake Orders
Printable Barnes & Noble Event Flyer

Printable Cheesecake Order Form

Greeting University School Parents,

It’s that time of year when the Foundation hosts our ANNUAL HOLIDAY EVENT AT BARNES & NOBLE.  It is Thursday, November 30th from 5pm-8pm.  There will be ugly holiday attire CONTESTS for cash prizes, STORY TIME with Dr. Knechtel and PERFORMANCES by the middle and high school choirs and the University School Band.  It is a really fun event for the kids and we hope you will join us!   In addition, a portion of any money you spend in the store that night will go to the University School Foundation. 

Don’t miss the TEACHER WISHLIST TABLE for educational toys and books for the teachers and their classroom.   We will pull the items from their wish lists and all you have to do is stop by the table and select your favorite to purchase.  You can support the teacher, their classroom, the school and cross them off your Holiday list all at once.

If you would like to VOLUNTEER your time please contact Treva Sellers at   We need people the night of the event to help wrap purchases and staff the teacher wish list table.

Prior to the event we are also selling Cheesecake Factory Cheesecakes from the Barnes & Noble Cafe.  The cheesecakes normally sell for $40 plus tax.  We are selling them for $32 including tax . If you order by Friday, November 17th you can pick them up in the store on Wednesday,November 22nd  in time for THANKSGIVING.  If you order by Wednesday, November 22nd  they will be ready for pick up at the event on Thursday, November 30th.   Please see the attached order form.   You need to return the order form with a check payable to the University School Foundation to the front office.  If you have any questions about cheesecakes please contact Rose Palmer at

If you are unable to attend the event but still have book and toy buying plans there will be an ONLINE COMPONENT from November 30 to December 5.  Go to and enter Bookfair ID 12252391 at checkout and a portion of the sales will be donated to our school.

We hope to see you there!

Any questions?  Feel free to reach out John Dixon, Event Chair at or Amanda Peterson, Foundation President at

Barnes and Noble Event
Cheesecake Order Form





Foundation Apparel

Items ordered through the University School Foundation Apparel Online Store will be arriving at USchool on Monday, December 11th.  Anyone who requested their items be delivered to the Homecoming Alumni Hospitality Room will also be able to pick up their orders at the game on Friday night.

Dear University School Families, 

Welcome back from Fall Break! We hope everyone had a relaxing and restful few weeks. The University School Foundation is excited to announce an online school store that opens on Tuesday, October 10th, and will continue until Friday, November 10th

You can order the latest school apparel and support the school foundation at the same time.  Shopping is easy. Select the styles and sizes and pay online. Purchases will be delivered to the school in December, perfect timing for holiday gifting! Check out the link below to the Online Store and check out the printable flyer

Feel free to contact Amy Horton with any questions at  




Foundation Newsletter
Foundation Newsletter

Discount CardThe University School Foundation would like to thank everyone who participated in the University School Foundation's Fall Fundraiser!  You have helped raise over $10,000 dollars for our school!

There are several students who have not turned in either their discount cards or their money.  Please note that each student was sent home with 5 cards.  If you did not see the white envelope addressed to you, please double check that your student turned them back in.   The Foundation needs the cards back before Fall Break.

Thanks again for your support and if you have any questions or comments for the Foundation please don't hesitate to reach out to  Amanda Peterson, USF President.

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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