Dunbar Book Drive Gathers 3,000 Books!

Dunbar Book Drive Gathers 3,000 Books!

Dunbar Elementary school, our education partner, is located less than three miles from our Hyde Park campus and serves students in kindergarten – grade 5. Over 90% of their students qualify for free or reduced lunch. Among the ways we support the school is our annual book drive to provide students with books of their own.

We are grateful to share with you that we far exceeded our goal of 2,000 books. In fact, when the final tally was complete, we gathered and donated 3,051 books! This is about so much more than just donating books to a school. This is about harnessing the power of literacy to change the trajectory of a child’s life. And it is a reminder to us of what can happen when we each take the next step in our spiritual practices and offer ourselves to God.

Dunbar Book Drive — 2020

Dunbar Book Drive — 2020

Our second annual Dunbar Book Drive kicks off in January, with collections running on all four Sundays. Brings books to any worship service. Choose from Hyde Park’s Courtyard or Magnolia Building, or The Portico’s breezeway. Books can also be dropped off at the Ministry Offices of either our Hyde Park or The Portico campus.

Book Drive Wish List

Volunteers are welcome to help out with this campaign. Assist with collection on any Sunday or with delivery and distribution during the last week of January. Questions or to volunteer? Contact please contact Katherine Cosmas, by email or phone at 813.335.7349.

Dunbar News — December 2019

Dunbar News — December 2019

HO! HO! HO!  Calling all of Santa’s Helpers to make God’s Love Real at Dunbar during the Holiday Season!

Tuesday, Dec. 10 — 11 a.m.: Santa Visits Dunbar
Hyde Park’s own Wes Cull will be paying a visit to the children of Dunbar as Santa Claus . The Partnership has funded the gift of a book for Santa to hand to each child.

Monday, Dec. 16 — Wednesday, Dec. 18: 8-11:30 a.m.: Santa Shop at Dunbar
Our volunteers will stock and staff a shopping experience for the children of Dunbar to purchase gifts (at a very nominal cost) to give to their families. Volunteers are still needed to help children shop, wrap gifts and spread good cheer to all. Sign up using this Sign Up Genius or contact Regina Birrenkott at 813.833.6805 or birrenkott@live.com.

Donations of new or gently used gift items may be dropped off at the Ministry Offices by Wednesday, December 11. Suggested items include costume jewelry, coffee mugs, deco items, lotions or soaps, kitchen items, tools or flashlights for dad, games, DVDs, or anything that would be a great gift for a family member. We also need donations of gift bags, tissue paper, gift wrap, peel and stick gift tags, tape, or ribbons.  Questions…contact Regina Birrenkott at 813.833.6805 or birrenkott@live.com.

Friday, Dec. 20 — Holiday Special Events Planned for the Last Day of School
9-10:30 a.m.:  Grades K-3 – Polar Express Movie with Hot Chocolate and Treats
11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.:  Grades 4-5 – Holiday Dance Party with Activities and Treats
Volunteers needed for either session or both! Contact Leslie Daniels at LeslieDaniels2@gmail.com or 813.944.8864.

Book Drive Begins in January!
Watch for more information in the church bulletins and newsletters. If you would like to volunteer to help with this project by collecting books in the Courtyard, at Magnolia or The Portico on Sundays, January 5, 12, 19 or 26, please contact Katherine Cosmas at kathcosmas@gmail.com or 813.335.7349. We will also need delivery and distribution help during the last week of January (details forthcoming).

Ongoing Way to Volunteer
Classroom volunteers, tutors and mentors, and many other opportunities are available beginning in January. Please contact Kathy Avant if you are interested: Kathy.Avant1@gmail.com or 813.928.3333.

As we count our blessings this holiday season, we think of you, our Dunbar Volunteers, who make this ministry possible. We wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working along side you to Make God’s Love Real at Dunbar Elementary in 2020.

Kathy Avant, ministry liaison

Thank You Dunbar Volunteers!

Thank You Dunbar Volunteers!

Thanks to everyone who helped with the Dads’ breakfast at Dunbar!

Please  join us on Oct. 6 for our Building Better Readers Workshop at Hyde Park United Methodist, noon, Knox Hall Room 150, and on Oct. 17 for SLIME (Science – Literacy – Investigation – Math – Engineering) Night:  Activities for Families. Volunteers are needed 5-7:30 p.m. to run booths alongside a teacher for a fun, interactive student and family event.  Sign up here.

More photos here.

October Events at Dunbar

Dunbar, our education partner, is a medical magnet school. They have a full schedule of activities for the month of October which provide numerous opportunities to lend a hand.

Building Better Readers training: Noon-3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, Knox Hall Room 150
Learn how to help children be successful at this workshop led by Dr. Angela Schroden. Open to all interested persons. Dunbar Partnership Volunteers are encouraged to attend. Sign up here by Oct. 4.

SLIME (Science — Literacy — Investigation — Math — Engineering) Night: 5 – 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17
Volunteers are needed to run booths alongside a teacher for a fun, interactive student and family event. Sign up here.

Other October events at Dunbar:

  • Oct. 11: Book Fair Begins
  • Oct. 14: Medical Monday USF Teddy Bear Surgery
  • Oct. 17: SLIME Night
  • Oct. 25: Sidewalk Sale
  • Oct. 28: House Meeting

For more information, contact Kathy Avant, email, to get involved

The 2019-20 School Year at Dunbar Elementary

The 2019-20 School Year at Dunbar Elementary

The administration and staff of Dunbar Elementary Magnet School have asked us to convey their deep gratitude for all you have done to help the children at Dunbar. We are proud of the work you have accomplished and looking forward to doing even more to Make God’s Love Real at Dunbar this school year!

For more information, contact Kathy Avant or Vicki Walker

Volunteer Checklist

Looking Ahead…We will continue with the events we helped with last year and add some new ones. One thing you can do is to save items that could be contributed to our Santa Shop as gifts for parents and families that the children purchase for a very small price. Used items are fine, as long as they are in good condition. Things such as coffee mugs, costume jewelry, games, DVDs, home décor and kitchen items were very popular last year.

Join the PTA! To sign up, use this form.

Mark Your Calendar

7:30 – 9 a.m. Sept. 13 – Grandparents Breakfast
We will provide breakfast casseroles, fruit, muffins, and juice.  Full details are in this Sign Up Genius Link or contact Leslie Daniels.

4 – 7 p.m. Sept. 19 – Conference Night Dinner:  Our team of Special Events Volunteers will donate and serve a full dinner to Dunbar students and their families. This allows parents to attend their child’s Parent-Teacher Conference without the worry of feeding their family that night. Please sign up to help by donating food or helping prepare, serve or clean up. Full details are in this Sign Up Genius Link or contact Leslie Daniels.

12 – 3 p.m. Oct. 6 – Training for Volunteers in Reading Instruction – Knox Hall Room 150
Dr. Angela Schroden will present Building Better Readers.  Lunch will be available.  Sign up here.

October 17, 5 – 7:30 p.m.  – SLIME NIGHT: Science — Literacy — Investigation — Math — Engineering activities for families.
Volunteers are needed to run booths alongside a teacher for a fun, interactive student and family event.  Sign up here. 

Click here for Dunbar’s Year at a Glance.

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