The Annual Fund is the Decatur High School’s PTSA’s primary fundraising effort, and it supports every student at Decatur High School, among them: the musician, the actor, the robotics team member, the photography buff, the athlete. The Annual Fund does its part to enhance the exceptional academic, cultural and social experiences that we have come to expect at Decatur City Schools.
Last year, a successful Annual Fund campaign raised over $33,000!
What Specific Projects has the Annual Fund Supported?
College Readiness Preparation: $2,500, A new assessment for college readiness and college admissions is going to be put in place, and this grant will provide instruction and 20 remediation licenses to help with test preparation and online practice.
Social/Emotional Engagement Program: $1725.00, establishes a new program to collect data on the social and emotional of DHS students. Funds will go, in part, towards training and substitute teachers. The school will be paying the remainder of the cost, approximately $5000.00.
Saturday School: $2,450, Funds will be used to pay teacher/coordinator stipends
Biology Department: $699, Computer-Based Interactive Biology Case Studies
Grant will license computer-based case studies that allow students to explore abstract biology-related concepts that cannot be studied directly in high school science labs.
Culinary Arts Department: $1080, Professional Grade Stand-Up Mixers and Scale
Culinary Arts Department: $643, Chef Jackets for Competitions
Culinary Art: $426.34, The Culinary Arts department wants to purchase a smoker to teach their students cooking techniques. They would practice using the smoker and showcase their skills for the faculty and community.
Social Studies Department: $1,150.95, Brain Models- Funding to purchase 5 brain models to be used for psychology students and teachers.
Social Studies Department: $4,815.98, Chromebooks -To supplement limited technology access for their students. The funds are to be used to purchase 20 Chromebooks and a storage/charging station.
Social Studies Department: $2,500 (2nd grant) For portable carts with 20 Chromebooks and the licensing for each; to double the number of Chromebooks in the department.
Science Department: $1575, Analytical Balance, current scales, which do not meet the precision needs of the department, are being replaced.
White Board Walls: $801.56 for white board tiles to be installed in 6-8 Social Studies classrooms, making one wall in each of those classrooms into a white board for students and teachers to use during class.
US History Field Trip: $800.00, To offset a portion of the costs for all of the US History students to visit the Civil and Human Rights Museum. Students will be asked to pay a reduced price for the field trip and scholarships will be provided for those who can’t afford the cost of admission.
Decatur High Bands: $4,000*, Bassoon (*total cost $8000 – remainder being funded by DHS Band Boosters)
Decatur High Bands: $600, grant for tuba for the Marching Band in partnership with the DEF and band
Decatur High Chorus: $2000, grant to the Chorus for choir robes.
Decatur High Chorus: $1637, Additional funds for attire for members of the Chorus
Decatur High Chorus: $3800, Seated Risers for Classes and Rehearsals
Music/Drama: $5,500+, Funding for the scripts, scores and musical rights for the drama and musical department’s theatre performances
Drama Stage Make-Up: $726, For the Drama department for kits that will be purchased for students to be trained in the application of stage make-up.
Arts Department: $1,750+, Storage bins for the drama program, a fine arts scanner for artists’ portfolios
Virtual Book Club: $2500, New Nooks Loaded with Books
The Somewhat Virtual Book Club @ DHS participates in a monthly virtual online book discussion (via Google Hangout) with students in schools from others states and around the world, including Japan.
Decatur Housing Authority Computer Lab: $1000, A partnership with the Decatur Educational Foundation to purchase computers for the computer lab at the Decatur Housing Authority. This helps to provide academic support students who do not have computers in their homes.
Price for Poverty: $1925.00, Funding to support the “Price for Poverty”, a poverty simulation exercise for our 9th grade students.
Response to Intervention (RTI) Support: $1000, Educational Supplies
Response to Intervention (RTI) supports struggling learners by providing interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning. This grant provided essential school supplies that the participants’ families cannot afford.
RTI Chrome Books: $1,590, For 12 Chromebooks for at risk students. This grant is made is a partnership with DEF, and its goal is to allow struggling learners to access the extra support they need. The Chromebooks will allow for review of information, instruction in areas of need, and counseling/job searching.
Response to Intervention (RTI) Support: $800, Healthy Snacks for Before/After School and Saturday Tutoring
Many RTI students come from low-income homes and providing them with fresh, healthy snacks during times of extra academic support helps incentivize their participation and helps them stay focused and energized.
Tutoring Pantry: $750, (2nd grant) Healthy snacks are kept in order to offer students who are coming before or after school for tutoring something to eat before or after a long day and keeping in mind the population and incentive.
Career Tech Instruction (CTI) Support: $750, Field Trips for Students with Disabilities
Spirit Throw Program: $2,000 annually, Spirit Throw blankets for 4-year Honor Roll Students.
Clubs and Organizations
Robotics Team: $1275.00, in grant funding to the Robotics team for construction of a large robot for Robotics competition.
Robotics Team: $2,000, in grant funding to assist the team with funds with their build and offsetting 50% of the costs of registration fees for their annual state championship.
Youth Action Team: $2,800, For registration fees for 7 students and 2 teachers to the Georgia Teen Institute Leadership conference.
Close-Up Scholarships: $1,4000, Close-Up is a club that plans an annual trip to Washington, DC., to be a part of a national organization that brings students together from all over the country. These funds provide scholarships for students who cannot afford the cost of attendance.
Academic and Science Bowl Team: $1500, Registration Fees for National High School Championship Tournament
Brother to Brother: $2,000 grant. This is a program that matches DHS boys with a resident at Trinity house in order to create a mutual relationship of mentoring and support. The money would go towards a monthly dinner shared between the boys and the residents at Trinity.
Student Government Association: $200, Blue and Gold Spirit Paint
SkillsUSA, DHS Chapter: $145, Banners for Competition
SkillsUSA offers citizenship, leadership, employability, technical and professional skills training to high school and college students preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations.
Arts and Ceramics Club: $140, Start Up Funds
Photography Club: $100, Start Up Funds
Photography Club: $500, Funds for photography exhibits (printing, framing. Set up costs, and food). Also for field trips to museum exhibits
Decatur’s Got Talent: $70, Prize Money for Competition
Decatur’s Got Talent: $175, Prize Money for Competition
Embroidery Club: $280, funding to purchase supplies for its 28 members.
JRTOC: $250.00, for a September 11 Memorial Event
Random Acts of Kindness: $350, This club encourages random acts of kindness to be spread throughout the school year. Funds will be used to purchase thank you notes, and small gifts (ie. Kind bar and school supply item) as rewards for those “Caught being kind”
Career Association Club: $285, The Career Association Club has partnered with the Georgia Department of Labor Jobs to host an event for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students will host speakers, meet representatives from colleges and universities around the country and will have an opportunity to participate in the application process.
Diving Team: $300.00 grant for practice fees and diving lessons.
Ping Pong Club: $500, Two New Ping Pong Tables
Swim Team: $994.00 For software that can track student’s times and allow them access in order to track their progress.
Ultimate Frisbee Club: $625, Competition Funds
Faculty Training: $2500.00, Partner with the school’s administration to sponsor 12 teachers for training and continuing education at the Ron Clark Academy
Faculty Wellness Committee: $600, Start Up Funds for wellness resources for faculty and staff.
Clinic Funds: $500, For the Nurse’s clinic to provide supplies that are not covered by the school i.e. blankets, water bottles, ginger ale, snacks, and personal hygiene items.