CSD and DEF Holding Backpack & School Supplies Drive

From the Decatur Education Foundation Facebook page

Did you know that last school year, 80 CSD students were identified as homeless? In addition, there are approximately 700 students in our district who receive free and reduced meals. Many of these students, who range in ages from 4-18, will not be able to afford the required school supplies and backpacks they need.

To address this challenge and ensure that all of our students have what they need to succeed, DEF has partnered with City Schools of Decatur and our local PTA/PTOs to hold a backpack drive. Click on this link to help make sure every student starts school off on the right foot: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090548acad23a1ff2-backpack

Thanks for your help. Together, we make a difference for #OurKids

Join Mead Road Mardi Gras on Saturday, February 6th and Support Music Programs in Decatur Schools!

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Are you ready for the Mead Road Mardi Gras???  More info forthwith…as long as you keep reading…

“Throw me something, Mister!”

If you think that is something you’ll only hear in New Orleans, think again!!

Decatur has its own rockin’ Mardi Gras tradition

So grab your beads, decorate your bike, scooter or soap box derby car and come second line as we bring a little bit of Carnival to Decatur.

Save the Date: Saturday (Samdi Gras) February 6, 2016!

The fun begins at Fifth Avenue Elementary on Oakview Road @ at 12:00 pm.   There will be face painting and float decorating and general merrymaking.  Beads will be provided and costuming is encouraged!

The parade steps off at 2pm and we’ll march up Oakview to Mead Road then on to The Imperial, at the corner of Mead and West College.

The Imperial will feature a special menu of red beans and rice, chicken and sausage gumbo and jambalaya.  There will also be student musicians rocking the house.  Proceeds from food and beer sales will support Decatur Education Foundation music grants for the Decatur City Schools.

In 2015, we raised $4,000 and that money bought “gathering drums” for Westchester Elementary, Orff instruments for Glennwood Elementary and two pianos for Decatur High School’s Performing Arts Center.   Let’s raise the roof at The Imperial and make sure ALL of Decatur’s schools can continue to grow their excellent music programs.

For more information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact:

Emily Kean Berg

Mead Rd. Mardi Gras Co-Founder & Media Coordinator

[email protected]

404 309 1133

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!!

Decatur Education Foundation Hosts Boil & Brew Next Thursday – Get Your Tickets!

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The Decatur Education Foundation is “changing up” their annual boil this year, hosting “Boil & Brew” at 185-B Sams Street next Thursday, October 8th. Here are all the details…

Decatur’s hottest fall party …
Boil & Brew 2015presented by Keller Knapp Realty and Lockman Homebuilding
benefiting the Decatur Education Foundation

Thursday, October 8 • 6:30-10 p.m. • 185-B Sams Street
Decatur, GA 30030   MAP

TICKETS at www.DefBoil.com

Join old friends (and make some new ones) at the party that’s become a rite of autumn in Decatur!WHAT DOES YOUR BOIL TICKET GET YOU?

• Boil tastes from three Decatur favorites: MakanSteinbeck’s and Leon’s (including a vegetarian option)
• Beer pairings from Victory and Three Taverns
Wine pairings from Oakhurst Market
Bread from Proof Bakeshop (latest offering from Cakes & Ale favorites)
Dessert by local favorite Butter & Cream
• Time shared with neighbors and friends
• The good feeling that your good time benefits Decatur’s children and youth!
• A Heads or Tails raffle that gives you chances to win a week in St. Simon’s, passes to Disney World and more
• A Live Auction for vacations, one-of-a-kind dinners, a bourbon tasting and more
• A fun and frenetic Fund-a-Need Challenge to support Decatur teachers and students!

Just pre-register for the auction when you purchase your tickets, and you’ll be all set!

The Boil & Brew is one of the most important fundraisers for the Decatur Education Foundation.  Proceeds from the event support teacher innovation in our schools; purchase much-needed tools, technologies and instruments for learning; and help Decatur students experience the world in entirely new ways.  Together we make a difference!
Buy your tickets now!

Like a teacher? Buy a ticket or two for him or her – for a discounted price. You can do it here.

Check Out This Cool, New Video of Tour deCatur

Oh and pre-registration ends on February 28th, as well.  More details below!

Register now for the 13th Annual Tour deCatur 5k, 1 mile or Tot Trot – this year’s race is extra special since it falls on Pi Day – 3.14.15!

The Tour deCatur, now in its 13th year, gives participants the opportunity to run a 5k road race and/or a 1-mile fun run through neighborhoods of Decatur. This event started as a grassroots fundraiser for the Decatur Education Foundation and has grown into a community wide tradition with over 2700 participants. One registration fee allows participation in any of the events –  5k, 1 mile or Tot Trot. Funds raised by this event support the children and youth of Decatur by providing educational and enrichment opportunities.

  • 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:30am
  • 5K Road Race/Walk: 9:00am
  • Tot Trot (age 4 and under): 10am

Learn From Decatur’s “Cocktail Superstars”; Donate To a Good Cause


This sounds like a fun event for a good cause.  More info on the Decatur Stirs website

Decatur Stirs: A Local Craft Cocktail Experience

New Cocktail Event in Decatur
Offers Tips and Tastings

  • Saturday, Feb. 28, 10 am-4 pm and Sunday, March 1, 11:30 am-2:30 pm
  • Marriott Courtyard Hotel and Decatur Conference Center, 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, Georgia 30030

Tickets on sale now at Freshtix.com

Attendees shake and sip with local spirits experts in hands-on classes and exclusive tastings during the inaugural Decatur Stirs – a weekend event showcasing specialty spirits and handcrafted cocktails. This event offers the latest trends and tips for mixing drinks, digging deeper into distilled beverages, bitters, and more.

“Decatur Stirs features intriguing small-batch spirits in the hands of some of the South’s best bartenders – all in a unique seminar format designed for Atlanta-area cocktail enthusiasts,” says Herb Chereck, event organizer and owner of Decatur Package Store. “Decatur is the obvious location to host a craft cocktail event like this. Attendees will learn a lot and will also get to taste a variety of craft spirits and signature creations.”

Five workshops, led by some of the South’s cocktail superstars, and an exclusive tasting event are offered:

Continue reading “Learn From Decatur’s “Cocktail Superstars”; Donate To a Good Cause”

Decatur Education Foundation “Boil” Tickets Now on Sale!

Gail Rothman of the Decatur Education Foundation sends along this announcement…

Tickets are now available for DEF’s Boil – 2014 on October 9th presented by our friends at Keller Knapp Realty and Winter Construction.

Party with 400+ friends and neighbors while enjoying GREAT food from Badda Bing, GREAT beer from Victory Brewing and GREAT wine from Universal Joint. New this year – Live Auction packages you won’t find anywhere else and a Fund-a-Need Challenge to raise $10,000 in 10 minutes. The best part? This festive event raises funds to support Decatur kids, providing opportunities to help them reach their full potential. Purchase a half price ticket for your favorite City Schools of Decatur employee or the lottery pool. Purchase your tickets at www.defboil.com

Decatur Education Foundation Needs Your Gently-Used Books

From the Decatur Education Foundation

DEF needs your gently-used children’s books!
It is sometimes hard to give up well-loved books – even when your book shelves are overcrowded.  At DEF we understand that difficulty all to well for we, too, are lovers of books and their well-told stories.  However,  the DEF Reader-to-Reader Children’s Book Sale @ the Decatur Book Fair is great way to make sure those books find new loving owners.  The books are sold at a reasonable price and all proceeds support DEF literacy programs such as Book Fair Bucks, Project Bookshelf, On The Same Page, and author visits to every CSD school.  All of which allows the entire school community to benefit from your donations!
If you would like your books to reach new eager readers, please contact Nia Schooler at [email protected]DecaturEducationFoundation.org to arrange for drop-off or pick-up of your donations.