February 21, 2021 | Thanks to a private donor, all first grade classrooms have Bananagrams! Each bag contains the letter tiles a child will need to spell out his/her sight words. As part of the Know & Grow literacy program, these lower-case letter tiles will be used for years to come!

Hearts & Valentines

February 12, 2021 | How clever that science and Valentine’s Day merged! Students listened to their hearts for Valentine’s Day using stethoscopes provided by the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee.

Are These Grade A Bananas?

February 3, 2021 | Friends has provided one first grade classroom with letter tiles. They come in conveniently packaged green bananas! If the letter tiles help the children learn their sight words and earn a Grade A for convenience, Friends will provide a set to all first grade classrooms.

An Eye for Science

January 29, 2021 | Thanks to the grant from the William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, Mrs. Zortea has a new teaching assistant!

In addition to the full-size hanging skeleton, the grant also allowed us to purchase a human eye model, an eye body chart, a See-Through Sally, a Dimensional Man, and a dozen stethoscopes.

Hopefully these teaching tools will help spark an interest in medicine!

A Sign to Last Quite Some Time

I think everyone would agree it is time to replace the tall, ugly, old, blue sign in front of the school. It even has a wrong address! The sign states “Rd.” when the correct address is Civic Club Drive.

Below is the proposed new sign. If you have any improvements / suggestions, please email

We look forward to hearing from you!

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!