Our community, our kids. Together we make a difference.


mentor with def
DEF is seeking community volunteers for three mentoring programs being offered this year.  Mentoring is a great way to connect with our kids and help them reach their full potential.  To learn more and fill out an interest form, click HERE.

Tour decatur returns
Lace up your running shoes for Decatur’s biggest 5K race on Saturday, March 11. The Tour DeCatur will also include the one-mile fun run and the always adorable Tot Trot, so the whole family can participate. For more information and to register, click HERE

Teacher GrantsDEF has just awarded another round of Teacher Innovation Grants. Grants include support for technology, music, struggling readers and much more. Read about these creative projects we funded HERE.
  • Teacher Innovation

    “Decatur Education Foundation supports special projects that make our schools stand apart from the rest. They allow teachers to imagine and implement innovative and creative projects that inspire students. Teachers who have access to resources are more likely to ask, ‘what is possible?’ Thanks to the DEF, our teachers don’t ask ‘whether’ but ‘how.'”

    — Kristen Karably
  • Support for Small and Big Initiatives

    “DEF’s magic recipe is that it supports small things that make a big difference as well as larger strategic initiatives. Whether it’s the pair of glasses for a girl who needs them to read, a grant to ensure that all kids can take advantage of enriching summer adventures or funding big collaborations in the arts, technology and sciences, DEF is there with ideas, support and funding.”

    — Margaret Master
  • Why We Support DEF

    We believe that by enriching the lives of local children in need, we will strengthen the community as a whole. We made a gift specifically to support summer opportunities so that other parents in our community can breathe easier, knowing their children are in safe and fun learning environments.

    — James and Amy Radford, Decatur parents
  • The Best of DHS

    The Decatur Education Foundation scholarships are a wonderful—and needed—addition to our school. Students and faculty look at them as a sign of honor and recognition and value them greatly. Even more, they provide much needed assistance to our students, giving them college/career access and support as they use the preparation they received at City Schools of Decatur. Finally, a most important quality is that the DEF scholarship recipients have reflected the unique and special diversity of Decatur. The scholarship is a symbol of the best that is Decatur High School.

    — Ken Jackson, Ph.D., LPC, CPCS, NCC
    Professional School Counselor, Decatur High School
  • Student Assistance

    “The specific needs associated with transitional (homeless) students and other students in need are multidimensional and can have a profound effect on the areas of their physical health, psychological development, and academic achievement. School systems alone do not have the ability to address all the issues faced by at-risk students and their families. DEF responds to CSD requests for student assistance and provides generous financial support. As a result, the multiple needs of students and their families continue to be met, bringing them closer to attaining stability and academic success!”

    — Robbin Dickerson, Family Support Specialist,
    CSD McKinney-Vento Homeless Liaison
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