Hyde Park’s volunteers at Dunbar Elementary School continue to make a difference in the lives of Dunbar’s students. In the above photo, 13 volunteers wrap up 200 books for the students. The presentation will be topped off with a video of Santa telling the children about the books they will receive. Contact Kathy Avant to get involved.
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!
Read the complete newsletter
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.