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Funding Focus Areas

The top three goal areas that we have chosen to fund within the schools are STEM (curriculum/activities in the classroom), teacher incentives, and Professional Development. Here are the specific ways we help fund these areas.



DEx Awards (Demon Excellence Awards)

GOAL: $100,000 annually

DPSF has reinvented the teacher grant program, but with a much simpler application process. There are three types of DEx Awards that can be applied for:

  • Classroom - Designed for classroom enrichment such as new teaching material, specialized curriculum or supplies for STEM projects. $1,000 max

  • Collaborative - Designed for a group that would like to bring something special to their grade levels such as special projects or educational field trips. $3,000 max

  • Professional Development - Designed to fund training opportunities that may not be budgeted and that will promote and encourage innovative student learning. As our students grow into STEM and technology-based learning, our teachers must also grow their knowledge. $2,500 max


We committed a minimum of $35,000 to fund DEx awards for the 2021/22 school year, expecting it to stretch at least one semester. – our teachers have BIG needs that cannot be fulfilled by the school budget. DPSF would like to be able to give $100,000 annually in DEx Awards.


Sustainable School Supply Closet at Each School Site

GOAL: Identify Community Partners

DPSF is seeking partners to help fill supply closets at each school site. DPSF will facilitate incoming supplies from businesses/organizations to ensure supplies are distributed appropriately, fulfilling the greatest need.

Will you  partner with us?

We feel that a strong school is the heart of a strong community. Because of the significant needs, we are seeking partnerships with those businesses and individuals who value and importance of a premiere school district that will help our community thrive and grow. Our goal is to identify 250 community leaders and businesses to commit to a 10-year partnership level, so that we can begin making big changes in our schools that will positively impact a lifetime of learning for our children - the future leaders of Duncan.            

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