Linda Brunson

Our Core Values

Whether decisions at the time seem big or small, these core values drive our organization: Reach students before their confidence gets trampled Remember many children are “on their own” Belief in desire to learn Devoted to helping teachers help our students Want to know more?  Read about Our Purpose, Our Mission, and Our Focus.

Wordbooks Delivered

This school year, we’ve delivered 2,950 kindergarten wordbooks!  Requested by teachers, each book contains the newest sight words the children are introduced to that week. Children enjoy writing their names on their books, copying each of the sight words, coloring the sight words, and seeing each of the 174 words in the context of a …

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Afterschool Tutoring

Our iPads all run on a cellular Internet connection making afterschool learning possible!  The tutoring is done by Kodi the Bear & Friends (Khan Academy Kids). Kids quickly learn how to navigate the iPad during classroom tutoring sessions.  The kids love Khan Academy Kids and want to take the iPads home. Parents need not worry …

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Sam’s Club to the Rescue

Thanks to a generous grant by our local Sam’s Club (Busch Drive), our after-school tutoring program is improved!  Now all our iPads have the very best screen protectors and protective cases – perfect for kindergartener use. Our original eleven iPads got shattered screens so frequently, a talented volunteer became our iPad repairman.  The breakages were …

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Our 5th-graders See the Light!

Thanks to a grant by William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Co-Trustee, our 5th-graders will be superbly equipped to study light, lenses, and safety.  The grant funded: Diffraction glasses with 3D prism effect Spectroscope tubes Glass prisms Glass lenses And, for science experiments, safety goggles The glasses, tubes, and prisms help …

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Farmers Federal & another first!

Farmers Federal Credit Union was the first sponsor of our Online Tutoring Program for kindergarteners.  Now they have done it again as the first sponsor of our 1st grade program! Thank you Farmers Federal for investing in Dinsmore children and for your early belief in our tutoring program! To learn more about our iPad fundraiser, click …

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Reached Goal of 30 iPads!

We’ve reached our goal!  With the recent donation from The Bradley Family, we now have 30 iPads dedicated to kindergarteners.  We thank all who have help us meet this goal: Farmers Federal Credit Union Barbara Willson The Bradley Family Delores Barr Weaver Grassroots Grants Endowment at the Community Foundation of Northeast Florida The Bradley Family again

Spelling Pads Delivered

We’ve delivered 3,300 first-grade spelling pads!  Requested by teachers, the 30 different spelling pads align directly with the weekly classroom curriculum.  The pads encourage the children to spend more time on their spelling words – handwriting each word multiple times, filling in blank letters, visualizing similarities, and reading short sentences. We want to thank our …

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Supply Refurbishment System

Did you know teachers (on average across the U.S.) spend about $750* a year of their own money on classroom supplies?  One of our goals has been to provide needed supplies.  Thanks to Altar’d State at the St. Johns Town Center, we were able to establish a supply refurbishment system. Colorful supply bins filled with …

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Friction Board

It’s a win-win!  The kids are having fun and learning science at the same time.  In one of many exercises, students raced cars down the different surfaces of this ramp while discussing the forces present. This Friction Board was custom built to Ms. Zortea’s science specifications by volunteer Roger Mann.  Thanks to both for helping …

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  • Delta Education Weather Vane (4)
  • Delta Educational Barometer (4)
  • Classifying Clouds Photo Cards (4)
  • Didax Plastic Anemometer (2)
  • Delta Education Solar Hot Air Balloon (4)
  • NewPath Weather and Climate Learning Center (4)
  • Taylor Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer, Dual Scale (4)
  • V-Back Metal Thermometers, Dual Scale (60)