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

Our FALL 2017 TIG winners! We just awarded approximately $32,000 in Teacher Innovation Grants to teachers representing every school in the district. They will use their grant money to augment their classrooms and learning with tools like reading materials on social justice, alternative seating for differentiated learning, and a portable Spanish language lab, to name a few. To see a full list of the Fall 2017 Teacher Innovation Grants, please click HERE.
Become a Mentor
There are many ways to give back to your community through DEF.  Volunteering as a mentor can be an incredibly meaningful way to connect with a Decatur student and establish a relationship with a lasting impact. For more information about becoming a mentor in one of our three programs, click HERE.
2016-2017 Impact Report
DEF works through the year to make a difference in the lives of Decatur’s youth. Our Impact Report highlights our work in and beyond the classroom and in the community, from special programming and field trips, to college mentoring and assistance for students in need. To read the full report, click HERE.
  • An Investment in Our Community

    The biggest reason we support the DEF is that it is an investment in our community. We have chosen for our kids to attend our local public schools because we believe our kids are getting an excellent education while also experiencing true diversity. When we donate our time or money to DEF causes, we know it is being used for something tangible that will truly help a student succeed in life.

    — Molly Marrah, Decatur parent
  • Investing in the Fine Arts

    I give to the Decatur Education Foundation through payroll deduction because DEF has been so generous to the Decatur High School fine arts in their Teacher Innovation Grants. Thanks to the DEF, we’ve gotten additional sheet music to sing, handbells to supplement our performances, pianos for use throughout the DHS performing arts center, and great choir microphones which have amplified musicians at graduation, concerts, the spring musical, and even the marching band this past year. In short, the Decatur Education Foundation has given us a song to sing, bells to ring, and microphones so more ears can hear the great work of the CSD students.

    — Elise Eskew
    Choral Instructor, Decatur High School
  • The Power of Partnerships

    DEF touches the lives of many Decatur Housing Authority (DHA) children through the Computer Lab supplied by DEF and its partners, the DEF scholarships provided to high school graduates, and the Opportunity Partnership that opens doors for DHA youth to help them achieve their dreams.  We greatly value our working partnership with DEF, and appreciate how DEF empowers success within DHA youth while respecting the vision of each student.

    — Doug Faust, Executive Director Decatur Housing Authority
  • 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 STEP UP for teachers

    I don’t want to miss any opportunity to publicly thank our teachers for their amazing work. DEF is an important support system for our city schools, and I am glad to help their efforts by participating every year in the STEP UP for teachers campaign.

    — Laura Willard, CSD parent
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