What is Mountain Education Foundation?
Mountain Education Foundation (MEF) is a non-profit public education foundation dedicated to serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade at Thrasher, Nolan and Signal Mountain/Middle High School. MEF is an advocate for all of the Signal Mountain schools. MEF gives the Signal Mountain community a unified voice with the school district and works to ensure our schools are well funded and the needs in our schools are adequately addressed.
To learn more about MEF, visit Our Role
What is MEF’s Mission?
Check out our Mission, Vision and Values
How Does MEF Help?
Since 1991, MEF has provided more than $6 million dollars in supplemental funding to our schools. MEF helps bridge the gap between public and private funding to help prepare our students for college, the workforce and to compete in an increasingly globally competitive marketplace. This is accomplished by providing our schools with additional educational programs, financial resources and faculty. Thanks to the support of the community, MEF is helping to provide the resources and funding necessary to ensure the best possible education for our children.
MEF provides funding to enhance learning in the classroom by supporting arts and enrichment programs, classroom technology, intervention and tutoring needs, college access programs, books, school curricula and other essential resources in our schools.
How do I Support My School?
Parents are encouraged to support their schools by making contributions to MEF’s annual campaign and endowment campaign. MEF’s goal is to raise $500,000 annually to support all three Signal Mountain schools. Funds donated to MEF help to fill the significant gap between state/county funding and the needs per classroom; allow Signal Mountain schools to offer robust arts and enrichment programs; and affords our teachers the opportunity for continuing professional development. Plus, the money raised by MEF stays in our community to directly support our community schools.
The funds raised by MEF come from people just like you who are concerned about the success of our community’s schools. MEF connects with educators, local businesses, parent volunteers and the PTA to create a united fundraising effort to fill the funding gaps in our schools.
Additionally, both MEF and the PTA/PTSA have volunteer and leadership positions available each year.
Visit our Donate page to make a contribution today!
Does MEF Support PTA?
Yes, MEF is a strong advocate of PTA. MEF funding goes directly to our PTAs as well as our schools to fund projects that support students and teachers. By working together, MEF and our PTAs are making the Signal Mountain schools stronger.
How Much Should I Give?
No matter what size your gift, every dollar makes a significant impact on our schools. We encourage all parents to consider their personal financial situation, the price of private school education and other charitable commitments before making their annual contribution. MEF’s annual fundraising goal is $500,000. The following illustrates the impact made at various contribution levels and will help guide you in determining your annual donation amount.
|$100||4 hours with an elementary reading interventionist|
|$500||1 professional development session|
|$1,000||Elementary art instruction for 22 students for one year|
|$5,000||5 replacement Macbook computers|
|$15,000||Year-long robotics programs at Thrasher, Nolan, and SMMHS|
|$40,000||College Access support and consultation for 150-200 students for one year|
How Does MEF Allocate Funds Between the Signal Mountain Schools?
The MEF Advisory Board is responsible for funding allocations and conducts an annual review to determine funding needs for the mountain schools. The Advisory Board is comprised of school principals, PTA members and concerned citizens that work hard to distribute funding in an equitable manner while meeting the initiatives and priorities of each school. The process also ensures that Thrasher, Nolan and Signal Mountain Middle/High Schools, along with their PTAs, have input in the funding allocations and MEF is working in unison with the each school’s strategic plan. The Advisory Board makes a formal recommendation to MEF’s Executive Board, whose role is to provide financial oversight for the foundation.
Signal Mountain Quick Facts
- Since 2010, Signal Mountain High School seniors have earned more than $24.2 million in college scholarships.
- Five National Merit Semifinalists were announced from the Signal Mountain High School Class of 2014.
- Thrasher Elementary School was named a Tennessee State Reward School in 2012, 2013 and 2014.
- Signal Mountain Middle/High School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate World School in 2010.
- Nolan Elementary has ranked in top 5% of Tennessee schools for academic achievement since 1999.
- Thrasher Elementary School received the Blue Ribbon school designation in 2004.
School Enrollment Data 2013-14
- Nolan Elementary School (K-5): 665
- Signal Mountain Middle/High School (6-12): 1302
- Thrasher Elementary School (K-5): 556
MEF Funding – School & PTA Grants Provided by MEF Between 1991 – 2014 (rounded to the nearest thousand)
- Bachman Elementary School (91-99): $77,000
- Nolan Elementary School (99-14): $1,099,000
- Red Bank High School (91-10): $102,000
- Signal Mountain Elementary School (91-99): $79,000
- Signal Mountain Middle & Signal Mountain High School (91-14): $4,064,000
- Thrasher Elementary School (91-14): $1,180,000