Dunbar Book Drive — 2021

Dunbar’s Book Drive Results: Happy Students and Teachers

Hyde Park and Dunbar concluded another successful book drive in 2021. This year, Dunbar’s media specialist, Sarah Cote-Goralewicz, chose to use Follett’s online book ordering platform. It provided a place to purchase the books students wanted and could take home with them, plus gave Sarah a gift certificate she used to purchase more books for Dunbar’s Media Center. We are grateful to the many people who continue to support the students at Dunbar.

If you would like to volunteer at Dunbar Elementary, please email Kathy Avant, church liaison.

A Dunbar Elementary Christmas

A Dunbar Elementary Christmas

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.

News from Dunbar Elementary School

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

 

Little Dresses Ministry Delivers Masks to Dunbar

Little Dresses Ministry Delivers Masks to Dunbar

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 Elementary Offers Video Thanks

Dunbar Elementary Offers Video Thanks

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.

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