Dunbar News

Dunbar News

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

December 10 – 11:00 AM             SANTA VISITS DUNBAR
Hyde Park’s own Wes Cull, will be paying a visit as Santa Claus to the children of Dunbar.  The Partnership has funded a gift of a book for Santa to hand to each child.

December 16-18 – Monday-Wednesday – 8:00-11:30  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 https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aadad29ab9-calling  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 church office by Wednesday, December 11.  Suggested items include costume jewelry, coffee mugs, deco items, lotions or soaps, kitchen items, tools or flashlights or dad, games, DVD’s, 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.

December 20 – Friday —  HOLIDAY SPECIAL EVENTS Planned for the Last Day
9:00-10:30  Grades K-3 – Polar Express Movie with Hot Chocolate and Treats
11:30-1:00  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 Church 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 help with delivery and distribution during the last week of January (details forthcoming).

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.

Kathy Avant

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.

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.

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