With public schools closed throughout Hillsborough County, the staff, teachers and students shared a video to celebrate the love and support they received from Hyde Park’s volunteers. There were countless messages of gratitude, virtual hugs, plus videos and letters from the students as they expressed their heartfelt thanks. As Dawn Stites, Dunbar’s principal said, “Volunteers are the Heart of Dunbar.” Watch the video.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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