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

We NEED BOOKS!  We are currently collecting gently used children’s books for our Reader to Reader Book Sale at the Decatur Book Festival on Labor Day weekend. Proceeds from the sale benefit several literacy programs in Decatur that touch readers at every grade level. Email info@decatureducationfoundation.org to schedule a drop-off time.
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 that can have a lasting impact. For more information about becoming a mentor in one of our three mentoring programs, click HERE.
Donations = ImPACT
Decatur Education Foundation’s mission is to harness community resources to provide educational and enrichment opportunities for all Decatur youth. To see the many ways in which we have an impact on Decatur kids, click HERE. To learn more about how you can help, click here for donating info, or here for volunteering info. Together, we make a difference for #OurKids.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Local Business Supports Education Initiatives

    Pure Barre Decatur is passionate about education and giving back to the youth in our community. Our Pure Barre family includes strong women who are teachers, mothers and grandmothers. We love to fund-raise for DEF, and we wholeheartedly support DEF’s mission to make local education the best it can be. Thank you for all that you do in our community!

    — Ashley Goot Koester, Owner of Pure Barre Decatur
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