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 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.

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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.”


The Durango Education Foundation promotes these attributes, and we live them. Thank you to the enormous community of supporters joining with us to give the dedicated educators and students of Durango School District 9-R the help they need to excel. 


D.E.F. advocates year ’round for Durango 9-R schools, teachers and kids. Catch up with us on our Events and News page. Most recently, we hosted “Education Matters: 59th District Candidates’ Forum” to offer the public the chance to learn what our two candidates for State Representative are thinking about education in Colorado.


The unedited tape of the 1-hour forum is available on YouTube as DEF Candidate Education Forum” or click below to watch it on this site.