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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
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