Hyde Park United Methodist has joined an initiative of the Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church for every United Methodist Church to partner with a local Title I school and provide support and encouragement to students and staff. This initiative follows the example of John Wesley who believed that every child matters. Here’s an excerpt from Dunbar’s most recent newsletter:
Welcome Back from Mrs. Crim!
We’ve had such a great start to our school year! It is wonderful seeing our students in the hallways and working hard in their classrooms. We’ve been amazed at how well everyone follows our safety procedures for Covid. Students have been doing a great job wearing their masks and staying socially distant at lunch– we couldn’t be more proud of them!
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Hyde Park’s Little Dresses Ministry continues to adapt to the current need for masks. In anticipation of the school’s reopening, they produced 483 masks which were delivered to Dunbar. The masks and the volunteers were received with great enthusiasm before the staff dashed off to continue to prepare! The principal and other staff members expressed their thanks to members of the team. Want to volunteer? Email Kathy Madden.
Dunbar is one of the 131 Golden School and 3 Silver School award recipients for the 2019-2020 academic year! The Florida Department of Education presents the Golden and Silver School Awards to recognize exemplary programs which promote parent and community involvement in education. Congratulations to our friends at Dunbar and our volunteers who support them!
2019-2020 Gold and Silver Award Listing
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.
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.