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El Dorado Education Foundation (EEDF)

The El Dorado Education Foundation (EDEF) is a non-profit organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in public school education in El Dorado. Education foundations are independent charitable organizations formed to help public schools.

525 N. Washington Ave.
El Dorado, AR 71730
Phone: (870) 862-0962

Chair programs

The foundation partners with the school district to start new and innovative Chair Programs in math, science and foreign language for students in kindergarten through graduation. These are the only ones of their kind in the state, and, perhaps, in the nation for public schools. They concentrate upon building skills in math, science and foreign language. Some of the specific improvements implemented are pre-AP programs in math and science beginning in 7th grade and foreign language instruction beginning in kindergarten. To date, EDEF has invested approximately $1 million in the three programs.

Teacher Grants

Teachers in the El Dorado Public Schools can apply for a grant to implement innovative and creative projects. Thanks to the generosity of donors, EDEF has awarded more than $525,523 for 166 educational projects in all grades. Of these grants, about two-thirds have been in math and/or science-related areas. These grants provide students with learning activities that school budgets cannot cover.

Teacher Excellence Awards

The Teacher Excellence program is designed to honor superiority in the field of education. Recognized teachers receive awards and money for exemplary performance. Ballots are accepted from parents, grandparents, other teachers and students. Three ultimate winners are chosen. This program is designed to bring deserving teachers greater attention and honor. To date, more than $71,200 has been distributed in this program.

Other Projects

Arkansas Scholars is sponsored by area employers and the Chamber of Commerce to help high school students learn more about future career, college options and how these directly relate to courses and grades. Eligible students must sign up for a college-prep curriculum, keep their grades up, have good attendance and graduate on time.

Academic Signing Day is co-sponsored by the El Dorado Public Schools and Murphy Oil Corporation. It celebrates the academic excellence of all EHS students awarded scholarships and those participating in the El Dorado Promise.

"Girls of Promise” Conference is held for south Arkansas 8th-grade girls to build interest in math and/or science careers. The event is overseen by the Arkansas Women's Foundation