Durango Education Foundation
Funding our schools: It’s urgent. It’s necessary. And it's up to us all.
Durango School District 9-R is facing a potential deficit of $1.67 million for the 2014-15 school year. This is a grave crisis with outcomes that will affect every student, every school and ultimately the entire community.
You can help. Join our Community Action for Education (C.A.F.É) campaign.
Taking just 3 steps now will make a difference to our schools:
- Tell a friend about the C.A.F.É campaign. Post it on Facebook. Tweet about it. Discuss it over coffee. Spread the word. Download and print our flyer to share.
- Plan to participate in our C.A.F.É campaign.
- Contact our state legislators and demand that they develop a sustainable method for adequately funding schools. Colorado ranks 40th of all states for per pupil funding; Durango 9-R ranks 145th out of 178 Colorado school districts in per pupil funding. How can we expect top outcomes from such poorly funded schools?
Remember these key facts: Well educated students give back to our community as a better work force and more informed citizens. Good schools function like magnets that attract businesses and investment and launch an upward spiral of community health. We all benefit from vibrant, well-funded schools.
Funding our schools: It's urgent. It's necessary. And it's up to us all.
Nominate Your 9-R Stars!
It's time to nominate your “9-R Stars” for recognition. The Durango Education Foundation needs your help identifying the 2014 Outstanding Teachers and Staff Members to be recognized at the annual DEF 9-R Employee Appreciation Celebration. Tell us about your “9-R Star” (or Stars) using the required nomination form which is available at all Durango 9-R schools, online here for download, and directly from the Foundation at 9RFoundation@gmail.com or (970)385-1491. Rules and instructions are on the nomination form; no email nominations will be accepted.
We encourage everyone—teachers, students, parents, staff members and community members to submit nominations, and it’s fine to nominate more than one person (use a separate form for each nominee). Contact the Foundation with any questions. The deadline to nominate is April 4th at 5 p.m.
For the nomination form in other formats, to print a flyer to circulate (thank you!) and to see a full list of previous recipients and get more information on the Employee Appreciation Celebration, visit our page by clicking here.
2014 Scholarship Offerings Announced
The Durango Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 Scholarship offerings. We invite graduating seniors at Durango High School, Durango Big Picture High School, and the DeNier Center to apply. Criteria and instructions are posted on our Scholarships page, in downloadable PDF formats. Or download the full package of information on all the scholarships by clicking here. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014 at 5 p.m. Submit complete applications to our office in the District 9R Administration Offices building at 201 East 12th St., Durango 81301.
2014 Grant Proposals Invited
Are you already thinking about 2014-15 school year? It's time to think about funding opportunities for your classroom or program. Our Core Grants application period will be January 1-April 7, 2014, and we welcome your innovative, exciting, important ideas. Please visit our Grants page and download the criteria and application form, then give us a call or an email and start rolling toward a grand 2014-15 year.
A New Name for Our 30th Birthday
After nearly three decades of supporting School District 9R, the Durango Foundation for Educational Excellence has opted to change its name to the Durango Education Foundation. Watch for a new look to our website, coming in the first quarter of 2014--including our new logo.
The foundation’s trustees emphasize that the organization’s good work continues. “We promote innovation, achievement and excellence throughout the 9R school system,” says board president Rob Dawes. “We work closely with the teachers and administrators to fund needs that enhance the quality of our students’ educational experience.”
The Durango Education Foundation has served 9R schools since 1984. The only non-profit entity raising funds for all 9R schools, the foundation now also works collaboratively with many community organizations to bring effective, exciting programs into the schools. In short, the Foundation cultivates life-changing learning opportunities for students in School District 9R.
Programs the foundation has supported this year range from DHS robotics to library materials at Needham, Animas Valley and Sunnyside elementary schools. The Escalante Common Read program this year is funded by the foundation, as are the new teaching cameras in the DHS photography department. Click here for a full list of programs funded over the past ten years.