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Dare Education Foundation

About the Foundation

Established in 2002 by a group of committed community organizers, the Dare Education Foundation is an educational non-profit with the sole purpose of supporting the public school system in Dare County. The Foundation offers unique opportunities for individuals, community organizations, and industries to support the public schools in Dare County. Stakeholders include corporate partners, teachers, school leadership, students, families and passionate community members.


Affordable Teacher Housing

The Dare Education Foundation funds and operates two affordable teacher housing complexes, Run Hill Ridge and Hatteras Teacher Housing. Both locations have proven to support the recruitment and retention of highly-effective teachers.

Run Hill Ridge is a 24-unit apartment complex located adjacent to the First Flight Schools campus in Kill Devil Hills. Hatteras Teacher Housing is a 12-unit complex located adjacent to the soccer field and the former Coast Guard station. Interest-free loans from the North Carolina State Employees Credit Union Foundation facilitated the construction of both projects. 

Rented below market value at $850 per month, the 2-bedroom, 2-bath units are an affordable option for teachers who may not otherwise be able to afford to live in Dare County.


Classroom Grants and Teacher Funding Requests

Through generous support from partnerships through the country, the Dare Education Foundation makes great ideas come to life! Multiple grant cycles and funding applications allow Dare County Schools teachers to fund innovative projects and initiatives. 


Spurred by a collective sense of urgency and shared responsibility, the work of the Foundation inspires community partners to join together in a shared belief that by supporting our schools, we are DEFining our future. We all can make a difference. Join us today. #supportourschools 

Visit the Dare Education Foundation's Website to Learn More and Become a Partner Today!