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 @

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!

Friends First Flashcards

July 26, 2020 | Friends has created word flashcard sets that align directly with the kindergarten and first grade classroom curriculums. Two teachers requested these learning tools. Each student in their classes will get their own set of flashcards.

We learned a lot making these first two classroom sets. We’ve streamlined and hopefully we’ll get requests from more teachers once the new school year begins.

Fish for School

July 20, 2020 | A school of fish for school. Some Friends got together and caught 100 fish for first graders and over twice as many for kindergarteners. Next, little magnetic fishing poles.

Little Free Library

February 2, 2020 | Little Free Libraries are popping up everywhere. Ms. Oliver, the school librarian, wanted one for the Dinsmore community. Friends responded to her request.

Friends built and installed the library. We’re proud it is an official Little Free Library (charter #93720) and displays on the national map.

During the opening ceremony Mrs. Reese, the school principal, cut the ribbon and unwrapped the library. Now you can take a book at the first Little Free Library in Dinsmore!

ABCs & Numbers

January 10, 2020 | As a tutor, your classroom teacher provides you with teaching tools to help you tutor a student. In addition, we now have extra items available that you may find helpful. You can even allow a child to borrow them!

You’ll find all these items – and more! – in the copier room across from the Front Office. Don’t bother checking them out if you are using them to tutor – just grab and go. Record in the notebook only when a child takes a learning tool home.

To learn more about K to 2 Tutoring, click here.