COVID-friendly volunteer opportunity

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 @

Science + Weather

Friends is pleased to provide fifth-graders with weather instruments and learning tools.

With COVID restrictions, additional tools were needed for the science learning to be effective – and fun!

To view all the reusable science tools and supplies Friends has provided for our teachers, click here.

We have a slab!

The cement slab for the outdoor classroom has school district approval. We accepted delivery of six student tables and the teacher bench. As soon as we receive the student benches, our Friends volunteer will install the furniture!

Sand Timers

September 18, 2020 | At the end of each weekly wordbook is a page of 20 new words that first-graders should be able to read in 15 seconds. To help, Friends provided all first grade teachers with 15-second sand timers for their students. It will now be more fun for children to practice reading by sight!

Know & Grow Wordbooks

August 28, 2020 | Friends volunteers are busy printing and binding Know & Grow Wordbooks!

The books measure 5½” by 4¼” – just the right size for a child’s hands.  Two pages are devoted to each sight word a child is expected to learn – 174 words in kindergarten and 340 in first grade.  

Each book will contain only the newest words the child will be introduced to that week.  Children will enjoy writing their names on their books, copying each sight word, coloring the sight words, and seeing the words in the context of simple sentences.  The children can practice reading the books over and over again.

Fishing Poles

August 21, 2020 | We shared a pool of fish in a previous post. Thanks to a Friends volunteer, teachers now have these nice varnished fishing poles complete with magnetic “hooks.” Once COVID-19 restrictions are eased, kindergarteners and first graders will be able to fish!

All Systems are “Go”

August 14, 2020 | The Outdoor Classroom is happening! The fence is gone, the concrete slab building permit obtained, and the tables and benches are on order. This is an exciting day that our Friends President started thinking would never happen!

Sign Work

August 5, 2020 | The reserved parking signs are now all the same height and stand up straight! Oh yeah, they’re clean too.

Friends volunteer, Roger Mann, didn’t stop there! He moved this no parking sign. We can now get rid of the sign pole.

The new plantings at the base of the light pole were donated by A & J Custom Lawn Care, Inc. Thanks Allen!

$2.65 Improvement

August 1, 2020 | Making Dinsmore Elementary a little better. Little improvements add up.