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Oakhurst 5A5K Co-hosted by F.AVE and DEF, this event features a 5K through the beautiful streets of Oakhurst as well as a chance to join your city commissioners and mayor during The Mayor’s Mile. MORE
On The Same Page
Each year DEF supports On the Same Page, a city-wide reading initiative that encourages students and families to read and discuss the same book at the same time.
Tickets on sale Be a guest, sponsor or patron of this great community event which raises critical funds to support DEF programs. MORE
This morning we celebrated Abraham Syed, Maha Sidi and Anthony Ford, 8th graders at Renfroe Middle School and the new REACH scholars! For more info on the REACH Georgia Scholarship Program and our other mentor opportunities, click the link in our bio! #ourkids #welovecsd #welovedecatur #welovedef #decaturga
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“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
“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
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
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
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