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

Step up for CSD
As the end of school approaches, it is a great time to honor the educators that make a difference every day!  Make a tribute gift in honor of a CSD teacher or staff person and we will post your message, share it with them AND deliver a yard sign to your Decatur address! Learn more or make your gift HERE.
Joe’s Fund benefit
Joe’s Fund honors the life of Joe Bodine, a 2015 Decatur High School graduate, who lost his battle with addiction in May 2016. A benefit has been planned on April 29th beginning at 7pm.  All funds raised will support teen mental health and services at Decatur High. Purchase tickets HERE.
Light up the night!Join us to celebrate the coming of Summer! Everyone is invited to walk in the Decatur Lantern Parade. Your participation is what makes our lantern parade magical. Let your light shine at this great community event co-sponsored by DEF, Decatur Arts Alliance and Color Wheel Studio. Info HERE.

Congressman John Lewis visited Clairemont second graders as part of their spring expedition about the Civil Rights Movement! #ourkids #welovecsd #welovedecatur

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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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