Tate’s Foundation Announces First Responder Student Scholarship

Knoxville, TN – Located on 54 acres on N. Cedar Bluff Rd, Tate’s School is a private, independent school founded in 1968 that serves approximately 220 students.  Community Service and character education have long been an integral part of Tate’s School. To celebrate the caring culture of Tate’s during their 50th Anniversary year, a 12 month initiative called “ 50 ACTS OF SERVICE”  was introduced which focuses on helping students and families in the surrounding area.

To commemorate this 50 Year Milestone and in support of this initiative, the Tate’s School of Discovery Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission it is to provide resources and tuition scholarships to deserving students, announced the creation of the First Responder Student Scholarship. This scholarship will award a full tuition scholarship to the child of a first responder who wishes to attend Tate’s School beginning in the 2019-20 school year. This will be the first full scholarship ever awarded by the foundation. This announcement was made at the 50th Anniversary Fundraiser hosted by the Tate’s School of Discovery Foundation on Tate School’s campus. Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler and Fire Chief Stan Sharp were recognized as Honorary Co-Chairs of this Scholarship.

Lou L Tate, founder of Tate’s, firmly believes it is important to offer resources to those that run toward danger. “We want to support the daily sacrifice and hard work of first responders. Our hope is this scholarship shows our sincere gratitude for their parents’ selflessness in service to the community, said Tate.

Stan Sharp’s family has been the recipient of three partial student scholarships in the past. “Since 1976, we have seen scholarships change children’s lives every year. We have had students with trauma in their lives. We have a had student who came from a refugee camp in Africa. We want to instill a life-long love of learning in these students and challenge them to be their best self, no matter their circumstances,” said Tate. With the present support of Sheriff Tom Spangler and the willingness of Fire Chief Sharp to share his reflections on his children’s time at Tate’s, Tate’s hopes to reach a large majority of the first responder families in the greater Knoxville area.  

To be eligible, student applicants for the 2019-20 school year must be between the ages of 3 - 13 and have one parent who serves as a first responder. For our purposes, we have defined first responder as Fire-Rescue, Law Enforcement, EMT, & Military Personnel.  Applications must be received no later than May 28th and will require documented proof confirming a parents’ status as a first responder.

Tate’s Foundation: The Tate’s School of Discovery Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the student experience at Tate’s School by providing program resources and student scholarships. Federal Tax Id Number is 16-1650137.



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Knoxville, TN – Community Service and character education have long been an integral part of Tate’s School. To celebrate the caring culture of Tate’s during their 50th Anniversary year, a 12 month initiative called “ 50 ACTS OF SERVICE”  was introduced in September which focuses on helping foster students and families in our surrounding area. Tate’s has partnered with DCS to support children in foster care for the past four years, but wanted to expand their support and impact more foster students in need.

Carren Broadnax, Resource Linkage Coordinator in the Child protective Services Division at the Department of Children’s Services (DCS), is on the frontlines when children are removed from dangerous situations. She shared with LouL Tate, founder of Tate’s School, that many times the children come to her with only the clothes they are wearing and nothing else. It is up to her to provide clothing, school supplies, personal care items, and anything else the children need. Carren said if she had just one wish this year, it would be to give these children new clothes to wear so they could feel confident as they enter their home school, and new life. Tate’s Foundation and the families of Tate’s School said, Let’s make her dream a reality and Children’s Closet was born!

Children’s Closet is one program within the 50 ACTS OF SERVICE initiative that was created to generate donations of NEW clothes designated for these students. Kaye Simmons, Principal, said, “ Service learning opportunities develop strong leadership, collaboration and communication skills and allow critical-thinking skills to be utilized in real-world applications. Working together to help others in need also creates a strong camaraderie among peers and reinforces the importance of good citizenship.  In addition, children develop a deeper understanding of themselves and empathy and respect for others when applying their energy to a cause for the greater community. “

“It is important for our students to realize how blessed they are and that it is important to give back all year, not just during the holidays,” said LouL Tate. With the support of The Lantry Family Foundation, JoeShirt, 4Imprint, Alumni Hall, and Tate’s student and alumni community, we are able to make this a reality,” said Tracey Van Hook, Executive Director of the Tate’s School Foundation.

“ We are pleased to donate over 700 new clothing items for children from ages 3 through the 8th Grade. Donated goods include all types of clothing including hats, gloves, scarves and winter jackets. We will also be able to assist nearby social workers serving at-risk youth and homeless students attending Cedar Bluff Elementary School, Cedar Bluff Middle School, and Ballcamp Elementary School,” said Van Hook.



To register, contact Haley at 865/693-3021 or email her today! 


Aiden Barger's Documentary Selected for Film Festival

Photo of Aiden Barger filming documentary.
Aiden Barger looks on while
interviewing local sports

Knoxville, TN – Tate’s School, located in West Knoxville just off Cedar Bluff Rd., is pleased to share that fourth (4th) grader Aiden Barger's documentary short, "GIVING BACK," was selected to be screened at the Knox Film Festival on September 15th at 3:45 pm.

We are so proud of Aiden and his dedication to sharing such a meaningful, regional story,” said Principal Kaye Simmons. Aiden joined Tate’s School in 2017 and worked with his Dad, Eric, to co-produce their first mini-documentary over a period of several months. Eric is the Vice President of C.R. Barger & Sons, a pre-cast concrete manufacturer.

Aiden and his dad started working together on mini-documentaries as a hobby last year to highlight small communities near their East Tennessee home. Kelly Barger, Aiden's Mom, says, "I am so happy they both found a great activity that they can do together and one in which they produce a great product. This documentary and another one they are working on now both highlight the unique aspects of small rural communities and the special bonds between the people living there.

Aiden worked diligently to interview each person captured in GIVING BACK. At just the mere age of 9, Aiden is off to a great start and may just be the youngest filmmaker being featured at the Knox Film Fest.

2018 will be the 15th year for the Knox Film Fest. Originally the Secret City Film Festival, Founder and Executive Director Keith McDaniel moved the film festival to Knoxville in 2013 and rebranded it as the Knoxville Film Festival to create the largest and most complete film festival in the region. Held at Knoxville's arthouse theater, the Regal Downtown West Cinema 8, the Knox Film Fest has become the region's destination for independent cinema. Each year, the Knox Film Fest has close to 4,000 in attendance.

The Screening of GIVING BACK will be happening at the Regal Downtown West, Cinema 8 at 3:45 pm on September 15, 2018. You may also watch their documentary short at

Tate'School is celebrating 50 years serving the families of Knoxville 1968-2018. Tate’s School is a private, independent school that serves approximately 200+ students from preschool - 8th grade

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