Help Dunbar Teachers Get Ready!

Back to School Time is Here! It’s Time to Learn How to Get Involved in Hyde Park’s Partnership with Dunbar Elementary Magnet School.

Dunbar’s theme for the 2019-2020 school year is “Only One You,” and that certainly applies to our volunteers as well. There is Only One You and we want to help you find the perfect way for you to Make God’s Love Real at Dunbar this year.

Plans are being made for kicking off the 2019-2020 year with volunteers involved from the very first day of school and we need new volunteers to meet the children’s needs.

Volunteer Orientation sessions will be held at 10-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6 and 1-2:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Dunbar, located at 1730 West Union Street, Tampa 33607.

To get started, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form. Questions? Contact Kathy Avant, by email.


Hyde Park Wins Partnership Award with Dunbar

We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner with Dunbar Elementary Magnet School, and we are honored to have received the award for Hillsborough County Public Schools Partners in Education!

A huge thank you to all who volunteer with the students and teachers at Dunbar. Together, we can really make a difference in our community.

Hyde Park paired up with Dunbar Magnet in August 2018. People from our church have volunteered for more than 1,000 hours since the start of the year. Our mission is to support and enhance opportunities for students at Dunbar. Volunteers serve on several committees that help build the school’s community and culture.

Hyde Park volunteers are assigned to each homeroom teacher to work with their students in math and reading. Volunteers facilitate guided reading groups, math tutoring, class projects and mentoring sessions. The volunteers also help specific subgroups of students with standards based lessons.

Hyde Park volunteers help to promote the school to families by being present at all of their major school functions, playing an active role in the PTA, and they collaborate to obtain community donations such as school supplies for students and teacher appreciation gifts. In January, 2019 our church hosted a book drive during Literacy Week and donated more than 2,000 books for students to take home. We also support their Medical Monday’s program by bridging the gap when it comes to locating community partners and guest speakers.

Many thanks to our volunteers for your commitment to Dunbar and the students.

View this 3-minute produced by teachers at Dunbar Elementary School.


See more news about our partnership with Dunbar here.

Help Dunbar Elementary Teachers

Dunbar Elementary Magnet school is a Title 1 elementary school roughly two miles from our Hyde Park campus. As part of an initiative of the Florida Conference, Hyde Park United Methodist has partnered with Dunbar to provide support to the students and staff at the school.

Several opportunities to volunteer in a classroom or help with special events are available. If you would like more information or are interested in helping out, please contact Kathy Avant, by email or phone, 813.928.3333 or Vicki Walker, by email or phone, 813.253.5388 ext. 223.

If you haven’t already:
1. Please take a moment to review and complete this form to let us know more about your interests and availability:

2. Complete your background screening for the Hillsborough County school system. This can be completed online and is required for only the current school year. Complete the Form

3. Complete the Hyde Park United Methodist Background Check Info Form.

Book Drive for Dunbar Elementary

Book Drive for Dunbar Elementary

Dunbar Elementary Book Drive a Huge Success!

Dunbar Elementary school is a Title 1 school (which means many of its students live below the poverty line) located less than three miles from the Hyde Park campus of Hyde Park United Methodist.  The school serves students in Kindergarten – Grade 5. 253 of the approximately 275 students qualify for free or reduced lunch.

Jan. 18, 2019 Update: We are half-way to our goal of 600 books! Books for grades 3-5 are especially needed. Thank you to those who have donated books and volunteered to collect them!

Feb. 3, 2019 Update: We surpassed our goal with more than 2,000 books delivered to Dunbar Elementary!

Watch our video from Delivery Day.


Upcoming Dunbar Events

Dunbar Magnet Elementary is a Title 1 school two miles from our Hyde Park campus. We continue to support the students and staff through a variety of efforts, most notably our recent book drive. Another way to support the school is by attending some of their upcoming activities. Take a look at the attached calendars and see if there’s a particular area that interests you.

Dunbar Year-At-A-Glance calendar
Hillsborough County School District — Student Calendar 2018-19

A Christmas Thank You

A Christmas Thank You

On behalf of all of us here at Dunbar, I would like to thank everyone at Hyde Park United Methodist. The time, energy and love you’ve poured into our school, students, teachers and families is remarkable. I’ve spent many days and nights in awe thinking of how much you’ve done for us— we are incredibly thankful. I wish you each a beautiful Christmas season. Again, thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Preparing Students for Life,

Cynthia Folsom Crim
Assistant Principal

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