Durango Education Foundation

Taking education beyond the basics...

DEF develops resources to promote achievement, innovation, and excellence throughout Durango School District 9-R.
Grants: In 2016, DEF has awarded almost $102,000 in grants to educators. 
Scholarships: In 2016, DEF administered more than $40,000 in new and renewed scholarships. 
Recognition: DEF recognizes inspiring educators.
Advocacy: DEF understands and articulates the issues facing public educators today. 
Engagement: DEF connects the community and educators to find creative solutions to today's education challenges. 

Our work is made possible by the generosity of many. Will you help us, too?


D.E.F. News Briefs

Matlock Furniture Fall Promotion benefits education!
Through October 1--Shop for top-quality furniture at Matlock Furniture, make a donation to D.E.F. at the store, and earn a deep discount on your full order. Thank you, Blair and Walter Matlock! More information at www.matlockfurniture.com.
$100 donation = 15% off
$200 donation = 20% off
$300 donation = 25% off
October 10: D.E.F. will host a Pro & Con Forum on Ballot Issue 3A
Join us for a panel discussion on the pros & cons of Ballot Issue 3A, a mill levy override measure to infuse $1.7 million into Durango public schools, including 9-R, Animas High School and Mountain Middle School. Audience questions are encouraged. Forum is at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Extension Building.
Connect in the classroom: Become a D.E.F. Fellow!
Today’s educators are expected to cover a daunting breadth of topics, so they welcome volunteers with focused expertise to provide classroom or program enrichment. The Durango Education Foundation Fellows program connects Durango School District 9-R educators with community members willing to share knowledge and time with students. Would you be one of them? Visit www.def-fellows.org and register to be a Fellow today.
Class of 1956 celebrates 60th reunion at their old high school
MorClass of 1956 at 9-R Bldge than 50 alumni of the DHS Class of 1956 spent two very active days in Durango September 15-16, touring Fort Lewis, visiting the Train Museum, and, of course, partying. D.E.F. had the pleasure of hosting their Friday morning gathering to celebrate memories--it was held in the 9-R Administration Board Room, which they remember fondly as their high school auditorium. We look forward to seeing them in 5 years.
    Photos this page courtesy of Durango School District 9-R, Durango High School art students, Sunnyside Elementary yearbook staff (5th graders), and D.E.F.