Save the Date

July 19, 2021 | Don’t forget…Saturday, August 7, 2021 is a school beautification workday! It only runs from 8:30am to 11:00am. So, don’t miss out!

This workday is the spruce-up-before-school-starts workday to pick up litter, sticks, and spread some new mulch.

Come and let’s keep the front of the school looking nice! Just bring your garden gloves and perhaps a rake. Trash bags and tools will be available.

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


  • 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!

Coca-Cola Give

June 21, 2021 | Did you know that if you give your Coca-Cola bottle caps to the school, Dinsmore Elementary gets a check?

Donations go directly to the school administration for use at their discretion. The school now receives about $50 each quarter.

With your help, we can easily quadruple that donation! Simply save any bottle cap with a product code. Also, cut out the product code printed on a box’s paper packaging. Drop them by the front office. It is that simple!

Below is how much each product code is worth.

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).

The Mystery Science Lab

May 29, 2021 | Friends is pleased to announce that we have purchased the Mystery Science subscription for the 2021-2022 school year!

This is the third consecutive year Friends has provided Dinsmore Elementary with a subscription to Mystery Science and the supplies for this hands-on learning experiences. We are pleased the kids love learning about science!

Rolling in Tape

May 26, 2021 | Friends provided first-graders with over 600 rolls of transparent tape! Thanks to Roger, the kids are “rolling in tape.”

Becoming Butterflies!

May 24, 2021 | Butterflies are being released at Dinsmore Elementary!

We are excited Dinsmore Elementary students participated in Becoming Butterflies: A 4-H Metamorphosis Project! The Larva were dropped off in early April and the students watched as the caterpillars became butterflies. Then, they released the butterflies on school grounds.

Thanks to the University of Florida IFAS Extension for including Dinsmore Elementary in this free school program. Friends is pleased to have coordinated this program partnership.

Know & Grow Thanks!

May 18, 2021 | Each school year kindergarten has 31 weekly wordbooks and first grade has 34.  Each week, 110 are printed.  That is 7,150 Know & Grow wordbooks per school year.

Flashcards are produced for each quarter.  Kindergarten has 237 flashcard words and first grade has 100.  Each quarter, 110 are printed.  That is 37,070 Know & Grow flashcards punched and ringed.

Thanks for Kristina Bradley and her son, Tobias, for assembling the kindergarten wordbooks (pictured). Tobias Bradley is a Dinsmore Alum!

Thanks to Janet from Faith Baptist Church for assembling the first grade wordbooks.

Thanks to Roger for ringing the flashcards.

Thanks to Barbara Willson for composing suberb sentences for the first grade wordbooks.

Thanks to both the Walmart Superstore at River City Marketplace and Lem Turner for providing the paper!

Pencils & Scissors

May 11, 2021 | We found more deals…this last week we provided 1,152 pencils to second grade, 100 scissors to first grade, and 77 scissors to kindergarten.