To Assure Academic and Personal Success For Each Child



2552 South Church Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37127 

The organization benefits Murfreesboro City Schools’ 8,000 plus pre-K through 6th grade students and serves as a venue for other foundations and corporations to make significant contributions that can impact the school system as a whole. The intent is to bring local resources to bear on local needs. The group was chartered in 2005.

The Foundation’s goals are to boost the school system’s financial support in the areas of science and math, academic competition and excellence among students, and to address financial parity in all schools.


Back to School DASH – Sept 17, 2016

The City Schools Foundation will kick off the 2016-17 school year with a 5K/10K run on September 17, 2016. This new fundraiser will begin at Overall Creek Elementary and run a relatively flat terrain on Veteran’s Parkway.

About Race

Our inaugural City Schools Foundation 5K/10K Back to School Dash is set to take place September 17, 2016! We are excited to continue raising funds in support of Murfreesboro City Schools. To date we’ve raised over $700,000, with 100% of proceeds being directed towards parity and classroom grants to enhance science, math and art programs. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to teacher and parity grants for Murfreesboro City Schools.

Join in by entering or sponsoring the race today!  (Sign Up Today!)


Registration for the 5K is $25 and $40 for the 10K before September 1. After September 1 add $5 to the above fees. Sign-ups will be accepted the morning of the race for those registering before 6:30 am. Please have the registration materials filled out before arriving if registering the day of the event. (Register Today!)

 About Course

The race starts and finishes at Overall Creek Elementary School. Race participants will run from Overall Creek to the predominantly flat Veterans Parkway and back. Racers will receive directions and parking information via email closer to the date of the event. For safety reasons no wheeled devices or pets are allowed on the course.


We are currently accepting sponsorships to support the Back to School Dash. This event provides an opportunity for individuals, teams or organizations to make significant and lasting contributions that can impact the school system as a whole. As a sponsor you will not only receive publicity and build corporate goodwill within the Murfreesboro community but you’ll also make an impact in the lives of students across the district. If you are interested in receiving sponsorship information please email

 Packet Pick-Up

Packets pickup and pre-registration will be available September 15 & 16. Racers will be emailed the packet pick-up information including locations and times. All participants are encouraged to pick up their packets and pre-register on these dates. Packets will include bibs, race t-shirt and important day-of information.  If a runner is not able pick up their packet a friend may pick it up for them provided they bring a copy of the participants driver’s license and their printed race confirmation.

 Race day pick-up will be available from 5:45 to 6:45 at Overall Creek Elementary. Please allow plenty of time for pick-up if retrieving your packet the morning of the race.

Foundation and Fashions

The 8th Annual Foundation & Fashions Show presented by The City Schools Foundation will be Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Stones River Country Club. The event will begin with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. and the runway action will commence at 6:15 p.m.

The signature fall event will feature upcoming collections from several of the area’s favorite retailers including Bella’s Boutique, e.Allen, Sugaree’s, Francesca’s, Chico’s, Jos. A. Bank, Trendy Pieces, Penny’s Closet, The Perfect Piece, Altar’d State and Belk. Guests can look forward to seeing men’s and women’s pieces ranging from the newest trends in fall fashion to classic evening wear.

Foundation & Fashions is sponsored by Children’s Dentistry, e. Allen Boutique, St. Thomas Rutherford, LaRoche Law Office, Edward and Vicki Eastham, Franklin Synergy Bank, The LaRoche Family Foundation and TriFit Athletic.

Tickets are available for $35 in advance and will increase to $40 the day of the show. Tickets can be purchased through the Central Office of Murfreesboro City Schools, Sugaree’s, Urban Images and Trendy Pieces.

For more information on ticket purchases visit or call 615-893-2313.

Apply now for the 2015 Teacher Grants

The City Schools Foundation is currently accepting applications for teacher grants for the 2015-16 school year.  Recipients will be announced in early Fall.  Murfreesboro City School teachers are encouraged to apply for grants by completing the application below. Grants are due by Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015.

CSF Grant 2015


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Former Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg and wife, Jeanne, was honored by friends, neighbors and colleagues at The City Schools Foundation 8th Annual Excellence in Education Celebration.

Bragg, an accomplished businessman and vocal supporter of the Murfreesboro City School System served 12 years as head of Murfreesboro City Government. Under his direction the city experienced exponential growth in the business and education sectors. He and his wife, Jeanne, have devoted their lives to service and continue to be active with several non-profit organizations around Rutherford County.

The event spotlighted Mitchell-Neilson school and it’s recent adoption of the innovative Leader in Me philosophy. The program is the first-of-its-kind in Rutherford County and has already achieved success The Braggs have a personal attachment to Mitchell-Neilson, serving as leaders in the Mitchell-Neilson PTO when their children attended the school.

Hosting organization, The City Schools Foundation, is a group of civic and business leaders banding together to benefit Murfreesboro City Schools’ pre-Kindergarten through sixth grade students..

Foundation Funds $50,000 – 2014-15 Teacher Grants

Thirty-six grant applications, with representatives from all twelve elementary schools in the district, have been approved by The City Schools Foundation and will be fully funded.

The Foundation asks educators from the Murfreesboro City Schools System to submit short proposals for funding that will help them acquire technology or resources not ordinarily provided by taxpayer dollars. “We were all very pleased to see that at least one grant was approved for each school in the system. Because grants are submitted anonymously, they are judged solely on their merit. It is a testament to the entire system that all of the schools are represented this year”, said Foundation chairman, David LaRoche.

The youngest school in the system, Overall Creek Elementary, was awarded $6,104 for a grant titled “Erasing Carbon Footprints via Lab Ecology.” According to the grant writer, Rachel Everett, “As a fifth grade teacher I am helping to create a science lab rich in hand-on material that would allow all students the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature’s bounty. A new lab is in need of basically everything – from test tubes, microscopes, stands with grow lights for plants, and safety equipment for the students.”

This year, two grants were awarded that benefit children throughout the entire system. Gifted Services Coordinator Lea Bartch will receive funding for new “M3” mathematics teaching materials. Sheri Arnette, coordinator of teaching and learning, will receive a new set of “Read Aloud” books designed to teach and reinforce students’ vocabulary.

The foundation will distribute approximately $50,000.00 in this round of grant approvals. The money was raised at the “Excellence in Education” dinner, honoring community volunteers Dr. Sidney and Elizabeth McPhee, as well as a celebrity fashion show, both held earlier this year

To date, the Foundation has awarded approximately $400,000 in parity and grants to teachers to enhance science, math and other programs. The City Schools Foundation is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. Chartered in 2005, the Foundation was created by volunteers from the community who wanted to supplement the resources available to the Murfreesboro City Schools System.


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