Did you know by the time they reach kindergarten, low-income children are 12-14 months behind their middle-income peers due to lack of health, educational and other resources? This gap only worsens as children age – 80% of low-income children do not have on-grade reading proficiency by 3rd grade. You can help bridge this gap for Tampa Bay children by volunteering at Dunbar Elementary!

Dunbar Elementary is a magnet school less than two miles from Hyde Park United Methodist’s Hyde Park campus. Dunbar is a Title 1 school, meaning the school has a high population of children from low-income families. 92% of the children at Dunbar are from ethnic minorities.

We have two volunteer opportunities available to assist the children at Dunbar Elementary!

  1. Student Mentor: Meet with a student during lunch, after school, or at other times designated by the teacher. Mentors will get to know their student, cheer them on as they learn through the school year, and may help with reading, math or other skills if able.
  2. Administrative Support: Support a Dunbar Elementary school teacher as a volunteer. Duties will vary based on volunteer skills and availability, plus teacher needs. Tasks may include laminating, cutting, organizing files, moving classroom furniture, creating classroom artwork, writing notes to students, providing notes and/or treats to teachers, etc.

Mandatory training is needed before volunteering at Dunbar Elementary. This required instruction will follow the Missions Training Workshop from noon until 2 p.m. Aug. 26 in Hyde Park’s Harnish Activities Center. Dunbar Elementary training will be from 2-3 p.m. RSVP for the training and the lunch that’s included, please complete this form.

All volunteers within the Hillsborough County School System are required to complete a background check; complete yours online using this form.

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