Science Grant

January 15, 2021 | We are pleased to announce we have received a $1,000 grant from the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee. This grant will provide Dinsmore Elementary teachers with science tools that can be used for years to come! Stay tuned for photos!

Thanks Again Walmart

January 7, 2021 | We are lucky to have two Walmart stores nearby. We just received a $400 grant from Walmart Giving. Both Walmart Supercenters near the school are now providing paper for the Know & Grow Wordbooks!

Thanks to the Walmart on Lem Turner Road for forwarding our grant application to Walmart Giving!


January 1, 2021 | Your generous $5,000 grant allows us to continue our multi-phase school beautification program.  An earlier grant allowed us to build an outdoor classroom, add plantings and mulch, and trim trees.  With this new money we hope to provide fresh new signs, give the exterior viewable from the road a much-needed pressure washing, and provide additional plantings.

With the last grant, our volunteers helped us to get the most bang-for-the-buck.  We hope to stretch these dollars as well.

If you’d like to be alerted to volunteer opportunities, please join our email notification list.

Hot Cocoa and Cookies

December 16, 2020 | Thanks Ms. Vicky for providing hot cocoa and cookies for the entire school to celebrate Polar Express! Every cocoa and cookie is even individually wrapped by the manufacturer for COVID safety!

Doesn’t just reading about this contribution make you feel a little warmer and sweeter?

Our Focus

December 10, 2020 | Can you believe it? It has been two years since Friends was founded! We’ve evolved over the last two years and are proud to report our focus areas:

  • Continue and enhance our Know & Grow literacy program for kindergarteners and first-graders.
  • Re-start the volunteer Reading Buddies for kindergarteners and first-graders once COVID restrictions are eased.
  • Enrich the K to 5 science program with teaching tools and activity supplies.
  • Beautify and restore the grounds to instill pride and set the example of how a property should be maintained.
  • Encourage the community to get involved with the school.

We look forward to continuing to serve the students (and teachers!) of Dinsmore Elementary!

Thanks Walmart!

December 4, 2020 | Great news! We just received a $500 grant from Walmart Giving to purchase paper for the kindergarten and first grade Know & Grow Wordbooks!

Thanks to the Walmart at River City Marketplace for forwarding our grant application to Walmart Giving!

Be a flashcard volunteer!

This volunteer opportunity has been filled. Thank you, Roger!

November 18, 2020 | We have another opportunity that is COVID-friendly! A volunteer is needed to punch and ring the Know & Grow flashcards for kindergarteners and first-graders. We already have volunteers for the wordbooks – Janet assembles kindergarten wordbooks and Kristina assembles first-grade wordbooks!

Every quarter, each kindergartener and first-grader receives their own Know & Grow flashcards. You’ll be supplied everything you need: printed cardstock cut to flashcard size, an easy to use hole puncher that can punch up to 30 pages at once, and the binding rings.

To volunteer, please email Linda at

Thanks again CSX!

November 10, 2020 | We come to the close of the CSX grant. We are proud of how much we were able to accomplish.

We stretched the grant funds received nearly one year ago with in-kind contributions and volunteer labor.  This budget does not include hardly any of the volunteer labor.  However, we did report “specialized skilled volunteer labor” as in-kind contributions below.

On behalf of all the students, teachers, staff, and friends of Dinsmore Elementary, thank you again CSX for this school beautification grant!

Outdoor Classroom is Open!

November 2, 2020 | Students and teachers can now enjoy an outdoor classroom.  The benches and customized narrow tables face the teacher in a “fireside setting” atmosphere.  This is a first-of-its-kind outdoor classroom design.

Leaving the four walls of the classroom and holding a class outdoors promotes learning.  Kids have increased concentration and are more motivated, inspired and willing to learn when lessons are held outdoors.

Moreover, findings from a 2017 study show that learning outdoors is not just a fun, novel experience for kids, but also helps them focus once they return to the classroom.  There is a carryover effect as children actually pay better attention in class after an outdoor lesson.  Just an hour or two of outdoor learning engages children, improves their well-being, and increases teachers’ job satisfaction.

COVID-friendly volunteer opportunity

This volunteer opportunity has been filled. Thank you, Kristina!

October 13, 2020 | We have a volunteer opportunity that is COVID-friendly! A volunteer is needed to fold and staple the Know & Grow wordbooks for first-graders. The kindergarten classes already have a volunteer to put together their books!

Every first-grader receives a new Know & Grow wordbook each week. You’ll be supplied everything you need: printed materials cut to size, a scoring board, and a long-reach stapler.

To volunteer, please email Linda at