Educational Institutions

Dresden Elementary School Education Foundation Inc


Our mission is to energize community partners and business resources for the pursuit of educational excellence at Dresden Elementary School. We support teachers and staff, students and their families, and facilities by sponsoring and funding activities and programs that promote a positive learning environment.

Ruling Year



Joni Roberts

Main Address

P.O. Box 49066

Atlanta, GA 30359 USA


Advocacy and Education K-5





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Primary/Elementary Schools (B24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

DESEF supports the Dresden Elementary School (DES). It is focused on working with students to achieve grade-level reading proficiency. The failure to read proficiently by the end of 3rd grade has been linked with ongoing academic difficulties in school, failure to graduate from high school on time and lower chances of succeeding economically later in life. Test data shows that the shortfall in reading proficiency is more pronounced in students from low-income families and in those that are English Language Learners†. The students of DES face a triple threat to academic success; 55% of 3rd grade students scored below developing learner on the GA Milestones English Language Arts End of Grade Test (Spring 2017); 89% of students qualified for free/subsidized lunches (Jan 2017); and 94% of students came from homes where Parents Only Speak Spanish (Jan 2017). †Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT special report, Early Warning; Why Reading by the End of Third Grade Matters, May 2010.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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One-to-One Tutoring Program

Kinder-Kid Readers

Newcomer One-to-One Program

Where we work

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our work is aimed at capturing students as early as possible to improve their reading skills and therefore their likelihood of life-long success.

We work towards improving students' reading skills through multiple channels including academic and enrichment programs, student and teacher resources, parental support, and building improvements. As our organization continues to grow, we are able to reach more students and their families and thus have a bigger impact on the school community.

The Dresden Elementary School Education Foundation (DESEF) is governed by a Board of Directors which includes representatives from the school administration, students’ parents, and community advocates. We also have a team of over 30 volunteer tutors working with students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We have been successful in engaging the local business community in supporting our programs and activities both financially and with in-kind donations.

We are working to identify appropriate metrics for measuring the success of our various tutoring programs.

When the Dresden Elementary School Education Foundation was created in 2016, there was one tutoring program with 5 students and 5 volunteer tutors. The organization has grown to include 3 distinct tutoring programs with over 50 students and 30+ volunteer tutors. We have been successful at being awarded multiple grants to fund the purchase of computers, music instruments, software, books, classroom supplies, and a new playground.

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