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Send Some for Our Students! 


Every day is a great day to help us do more for Durango 9-R children and teachers.


Colorado school funding ranks 39th in the nation. Durango 9-R ranks 145th out of 178 Colorado school districts. Our children and teachers need everyone’s support. We invite you to help D.E.F. to do more.


Donate any time by calling us at (970) 385-1491 or mailing a check to DEF at 201 East 12th St., Durango, CO 81301. (IMPORTANT NOTE: Our online donation service is in transition this January, so please do NOT click on “Donate Now”; our service will be up and running again by the end of the month but we can take your credit card information over the phone.)


Then follow us through the year here on the web, on Facebook, and by subscribing to our newsletters.


The Durango Education Foundation promotes achievement, innovation and excellence in Durango School District 9-R, and we live these attributes ourselves.


Here is what our mission looks like, in action:


Achievement… So far in 2014, D.E.F. has raised $116,792 through the C.A.F.É. campaign, awarded more than $82,000 in additional Core, Arts and Student Activity grants, administered $22,500 in scholarships–all for the benefit of Durango School District 9-R classrooms and students and the community organizations that serve 9-R.


Innovation… D.E.F. nominated programs that demonstrate original thinking and ground-breaking approaches for the prestigious Bank of Colorado Award for Innovation.


Excellence… D.E.F. recognized Durango 9-R educators for their dedication to the highest practices in education with the Outstanding Teachers and Outstanding Staff Members awards–seven were chosen, and all 147 nominees were noted as “9-R Stars.”


Thank you to the enormous community of supporters who have joined with us so far this year to give the dedicated educators and students of Durango School District 9-R the help they need to excel.