The Davidson County Education Foundation (DCEF) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to the enrichment of educational opportunities in Davidson County, NC. Our mission is to provide and support innovative programs that benefit the students of the Davidson County Public School System. DCEF was established in 1992 by local school supporters led by businessman Bernard H. Thomas who served as its first president. DCEF is an organization whose Board of Directors is comprised of local school supporters who volunteer their efforts on behalf of the students and staff of the Davidson County Public School System. Innovative programs include the Bernard H. Thomas Student Leadership Academy, STARS - Students Teaching and Reaching for Success Academy, Teacher Mini-Grant Program, Endowed Scholarships and Project Potential Scholarships. To support all of our programs, we sponsor an annual 5k walk/run, "RUN FRIENDS RUN", held in the fall on the beautiful campus of Davidson County Community College-Thomasville, NC. Mark your calendars to join us!

DCEF's Fourth Annual 'Run Friends Run' 5K Walk/Run

OCTOBER 5, 2019
Mark your calendars for our 5th Annual “Run Friends Run” 5K Walk/Run to benefit our many DCEF programs and enhance the education of all students in the Davidson County Public School System!

Look forward to seeing you on October 5, 2019 on the beautiful campus of Davidson County Community College in Thomasville, NC.


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Honor a School Employee - Become a "Friend of the Foundation"!

Want to participate? Why not honor a past or present school employee: superintendent, district office personnel, principals, teachers, assistants, counselors, bus drivers, cafeteria employees, custodians, etc.?

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Teacher Mini-Grants

Teacher Mini-Grants are designed to give teachers and students extra learning opportunities by providing extra materials or experiences related to the academic curriculum. Mini Grant criteria require projects to be closely aligned with North Carolina’s Standard Course of Study. Our sponsors are very important to this program and DCEF appreciates their continued support and generosity for this program.

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The Hugh Shepherd Family Selects Two 2017 Spring Mini-Grant Winners

DCEF is pleased to announce 2 Davidson County teachers as winners of The Hugh Shepherd Family Spring Mini-Grants. Our first Hugh Shepherd Mini-Grant was presented to Christina Edwards of Tyro Elementary.  Ms. Edwards submitted her winning project: “Intervention Library”.  In February, 2017, a surprise presentation was given to her in her classroom, so her students could share

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The Jim and Evelyn Harris Mini-Grant Honors Teacher

DCEF is pleased to announce the winner of The Jim and Evelyn Harris Family 2017 Mini-Grant, Candy Pierce of Northwest Elementary School. Candy Pierce submitted her winning project: “The Face of the Digital Future”.  A surprise presentation was given at Northwest Elementary on March 7, 2017.  She received a $300.00 check, a certificate and a letter of

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