Know & Grow Learning Depot, Inc.

Empowering young students to Know & Grow

Jacksonville Beach, FL   |  www.iknowandgrow.org

Mission

To empower disadvantaged students to pursue the educational trajectories taken for granted in affluent families and to succeed in tomorrow’s gig economy. In the effort to close the economic inequality gap, we collaborate with teachers to provide kid-sized materials, classroom learning tools, and tutoring common in affluent homes and classrooms.

Ruling year info

2019

President

Linda Brunson

Main address

110 Mills Lane

Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 USA

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Formerly known as

Friends of Dinsmore Elementary, Inc.

EIN

83-3477623

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The students of this Title One school do not have the same educational opportunities as children in affluent areas of Jacksonville. In fact, the school participates in the Community Eligibility Provision which allows the nation's highest poverty schools to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Affluent parents are quick to bring in outside resources, fund the school’s needs, engage their children in outside learning activities, and surround their children with evidence they can achieve academic success. This disparity accelerates the educational inequity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Early Literacy

Our mission is to bring low-performing students up to grade-level before they finish first grade.

If the child was a poor reader at the end of the first grade, there is an 88% probability the child will remain a poor reader at the end of fourth grade.

Students who have not learned to read proficiently by the time they enter fourth grade are four times more likely to drop out of school, and this risk is even greater for low-income children.

The statistics are staggering…nationally 82% of students eligible for free or reduced lunches are not reading at or above grade level by fourth grade. This is a great concern as the percentage of adults that did not graduate from high school in the Dinsmore community is among the highest in the nation at 17.3%.

Our long-term goal is to consistently have 92% (or higher) of students performing at grade level by the end of first grade. Currently, only half the students meet this measurable outcome.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Students

Science is important in Jacksonville – especially with the Mayo Clinic constantly growing and Boeing coming to town. Before children finish elementary school, we make it our mission to inspire them to pursue further science education. We want all fifth-graders to have a blast (pun intended!) in science!

Our home, Dinsmore Elementary, is a science magnet. While the school is not a dedicated science magnet, science is emphasized by, among other things, having a full-time fifth grade science teacher.

This teacher understands the needs of her students. She was a student at Dinsmore Elementary and has returned to teach and inspire. Her roots go deep in understanding the community as her mother also attended this same elementary school.

We’ve focused our fifth-grade science efforts on teaching tools. Science is better understood with experiments and classroom displays.

We thank our sponsors for providing teaching tools that will be used for years to come!

Population(s) Served
Students
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals:
 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 science for all grade levels by continuing to provide the Mystery Science subscription and activity supplies.
 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!

Simply stated, our strategy is to bring to the school the extra resources desired by the teachers and staff. We encourage teachers to request help removing obstacles to a student’s success and then respond to those requests.

Friends is an organization with a rock-solid foundation.

The co-founder and president, Linda Brunson, maintained her CPA license for over 30 years, understands non-profits, has experience writing grants, experience partnering with organizations, and experience selling custom solutions (albeit software). This diverse career background coupled with an understanding of the community makes Linda the perfect choice to lead this new Friends organization.

The co-founder and treasurer, Roger Mann, attended Dinsmore Elementary and has remained in the community for the subsequent 50+ years. Roger began working with the City of Jacksonville as a small engine repairman and rose to the rank of Public Works Superintendent of Highways. He is now retired and has plenty of time to devote to his former alma mater.

Most importantly, the co-founder and secretary, Wanda Reese, is the current school principal. Mrs. Reese brought a passion, know-how, and belief in education to Dinsmore Elementary that has already started transforming the school. She welcomed the creation of Friends as the students in this underresourced community need more resources to meet their extra needs.

Even though we’ve only been incorporated since 2019, we’ve already proved we are a stable organization that can “make it happen.” 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 align directly with the classroom curriculums.
All first-graders now have Bananagrams for use in the classroom.
We are expanding Know & Grow by adding a writing portion for use in both the classroom and home setting.

 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.

 School Beautification
Secured $15,000 in grants for school beautification.
Established school beautification volunteer work days.
Purchased and installed an Outdoor Classroom.

 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.

Financials

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Know & Grow Learning Depot, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Brunson

Wanda Reese

Principal, Dinsmore Elementary

Roger Mann

Community Member, Former Student of Dinsmore Elementary

Jennifer Erixton

Chairman of School Advisory Council, Dinsmore Elementary

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/22/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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