THE CITY SCHOOLS FOUNDATION
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.
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.