On June 27, Aberg Center celebrated the graduation of 18 high school equivalency students. Our commencement speaker, Chief Energizing Officer Ellen Castro, reminded us of the important role of perseverance and self-love in overcoming our challenges and accomplishing new feats. Thank you to all of the volunteers and supporters who helped Class of 2019 achieve this major milestone. As always, many thanks to Sandy Bulow-Hube for her photography.
On June 28th Aberg Center for Literacy hosted our 2018 graduation, during which we celebrated the accomplishments of our GED graduates from the past year. Volunteers, family, and friends were on hand to cheer on our grads as they closed the book on another chapter of their lives, and opened the door to a new journey. Thanks as always to Sandra Bulow-Hube for providing these amazing photos!
On Friday, April 27th Aberg Center hosted ¡Pachanga! to celebrate 15 years of dedication to literacy in North Texas. Pachanga is a Spanish slang term for party, and this event was that and more. From rousing entertainment, to exhilarating games, to compelling company, this celebration really was the fiesta of the Spring!
We would like to thank our presenting sponsor: the Jim and Lynn Moroney Family Foundation. We also want to express our greatest appreciation to our generous donors and event attendees, raffle sponsors, those who purchased raffle tickets and participated in the silent auction, and of course volunteers and staff of both Aberg Center and the Hickory Street Annex for making this event spectacular.
Below are select photos from the event. For the entire photo album check out our Facebook page.
Aberg Center for Literacy's 8th annual Legacy of Literacy breakfast was held at the Belo Mansion Thursday, October 26th. This breakfast recognizes the hard work and determination of the supporters that contribute their time and money to the continued growth and success of Aberg Center. This year marks 15 years of service in the DFW area.
Anna de Haro, Public Affairs Director at iHeartMedia, hosted the breakfast and Victoria Neave, attorney and Texas State Representative, was the keynoter speaker. Todd Williams, received the Aberg Literacy Advocate Award and past board presidents Charles Aberg, Becky Clontz, Janet Schoenecker, Holly Greef, and Mary Carter were honored for their years of service and leadership to Aberg Center.
Two student speakers, Curtis Major and Marta Velazquez, spoke to the audience about thier experiences since coming to Aberg Center to further their education
Following the breakfast, a matching funds challenge of $24,000 was presented and met by the supporters of Aberg Center.
On Sunday, August 20 at 6 pm the Pop-up Supper Club hosted an event to benefit Aberg Center for Literacy. The pop-up supper, held at the Deep Ellum home of Kim Simithraaratchy, featured a multi-course meal with authentic dishes cooked by Aberg Center students Tomasa from Mexico and Ana from El Salvador.
A lively group of Aberg Center foodies turned out to dine on these home-made Central American delicacies! Here are some photos from the event.
On August 3rd, we celebrated our 2017 Graduate class with a special ceremony at the beautiful St. Matthew’s Cathedral.
On hand were all but two of the 9 graduates of our GED program, their friends & family, volunteers, and Aberg Center for Literacy staff.
The guest speaker for the event was Ellen Castro, who delivered an energetic commencement address focused on believing in yourself, the importance of education, and the power of choice.
Photos are by our amazing volunteer photographer Sandra Bulow-Hube, with additional photos provided by our Adult Program Manager.
Congratulations to all of our amazing graduates. Good luck with all your future endeavors.
Also, a special thank you to our volunteers and donors - without you such goals could not be accomplished.
Our 2016-2017 school year came to an end on May 11th, culminating in our Volunteer Appreciation & Student Recognition Brunch. The event is an opportunity for us to thank the dedicated volunteers that make Aberg Center for Literacy possible, while also recognizing the accomplishments of our amazing students.
We reflected on a great year and looked forward to Fall 2017. There were speeches, awards, gifts, food, and of course plenty of photos!
Special thank yous go out to our three amazing speakers for the event: student Liliana Huerta, volunteer Louwane Courtney, and special guest speaker Fabiana Martínez, author of the bilingual short story collection "12 Random Words / 12 Palabras al Azar" Also thank you to Nothing Bundt Cakes on Garland Rd. for donating the delicious mini cakes for our volunteer appreciation gifts.
Finally, a big thank you to our volunteer photographer Sandy Bulow-Hube for capturing the beautiful people we our privileged enough to see every day.
Just in time for Mother's Day, the children in our Early Childhood Program, and their moms, got together to celebrated the end of an eventful school year!
The event started, like each day does at Aberg Center, with a little parent and child together time over muffins and fruit. After that it was time to present the certificates. Each child was given their own personalized award such as "Gives the Best Hugs" or "Loves Cars".
And what Aberg Center event is complete without a book give-a-way. The kids rushed to the book table to find their next favorite book. There were enough free books to get everybody through the summer!
Here are some photos of the event: