Make It Happen!

July 11, 2021 | Even though we’ve only been incorporated since 2019, our volunteers have already proved we are a stable organization that can “make it happen.” Together we’ve accomplished a great deal in each of our focus areas:

  • Know & Grow
    • Each year we produce 7,150 Know & Grow wordbooks for kindergarteners and first-graders that align directly with the classroom curriculums.
    • Each year we print and ring 37,000 flashcards for kindergarteners and first-graders that alight directly with the classroom curriculums.
    • All first-graders now have Bananagrams for use in the classroom.
    • We are expanding Know & Grow by adding a dot-to-dot books.
    • Learn more
  • Science Enrichment
    • Funded Mystery Science – both the subscription and the activity supplies – for three consecutive years for all grade levels.
    • Provided weather and human body teaching tools to enrich fifth-grade science.
    • Learn more
  • School Beautification
    • Secured $15,000 in grants for school beautification.
    • Established school beautification volunteer days (twice annually).
    • Purchased and installed an Outdoor Classroom.
    • Learn more
  • Reading Buddies
    • Established a K to 2 tutoring program that was so successful that every teacher now wants multiple tutors.
    • Will restart once COVID restrictions are eased.

We welcome new volunteers! Become a Friend today and learn about volunteer opportunities as they are posted. There is NO cost to be a Friend.

Goals for 2021-2022

June 28, 2021

Know & Grow

  • Continue and enhance our Know & Grow literacy program for kindergarteners and first-graders. Learn more
  • Re-start the volunteer Reading Buddies (formerly named K to 2 Tutoring) for kindergarteners and first-graders once COVID restrictions are eased.

Science Enrichment

  • Enrich science for all grade levels by continuing to provide the Mystery Science subscription and activity supplies. Learn more
  • Beyond Mystery Science, enrich the fifth grade science program with teaching tools and activity supplies. Learn more

School Beautification

  • Beautify and restore the grounds to instill pride and set the example of how a property should be maintained. Learn more

Other

  • Encourage the community to get more involved with the school (once COVID restrictions are eased).

We look forward to continuing to serve the students (and teachers!) of Dinsmore Elementary. Become a Friend today by simply signing up to receive emails!

United Way Workplace Campaigns

June 14, 2021 | Are you already contributing to United Way? Did you know you can designate Friends of Dinsmore Elementary, Inc. as your nonprofit charity? That way, 100% of your contribution will benefit the students at Dinsmore Elementary!

No matter where you live and work, you can designate your United Way Workplace Campaign dollars directly to Friends of Dinsmore Elementary, Inc. (EIN 83-3477623).

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!

We’re Listed!

July 9, 2019 | It took almost a month but we are now listed in the IRS / Federal database as an exempt organization. Our charitable exemption was issued June 11, 2019.

IRS database of exempt organizations

GuideStar Gold Seal

June 30, 2019 | Friends of Dinsmore Elementary just earned a 2019 Gold Seal by adding information to our Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.

Check out our profile. Now our community members as well as 10+ million GuideStar users can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Florida Solicitations Act

June 26, 2019 | We now have our registration with the Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act.

Florida Solicitation of Contributions Act

IRS Letter of Exemption

June 11, 2019 | Friends of Dinsmore Elementary is now recognized as a 501(c)(3) exempt nonprofit charitable organization by the IRS!