8th Annual Legacy of Literacy Breakfast

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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.  

Pop-up Supper benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy

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. 

2017 High School Equivalency Graduation Ceremony

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.

Volunteer Appreciation & Student Recognition Brunch - Spring 2017

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.

Muffins with Mom

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:

The Spring Fling at Sabah House Supporting Aberg Center for Literacy

The elements converged to create a magical Spring Fling at the Sabah House: perfect weather, engaging people, savory nibbles, upbeat tunes and so much fun finding just the right pair of Sabahs (www.sabah.am).

Thanks to all who came out in support of Aberg Center.  Remember, Sabah sales through Sunday, April 30th benefit Aberg Center’s Speak|Write|Connect approach to richer lives and stronger communities through literacy. 

Sabah House at 2312 Routh Street is open from noon to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  You may also purchase on-line, using “SabahForAberg” code when checking out.

Here are some photos of the event:

Legacy of Literacy Breakfast 2016

On Thursday, October 27th the Dallas Morning News presented the 2016 Legacy of Literacy Breakfast benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy.

The event was headlined by a keynote speech from Dallas ISD Superintendant Dr. Michael Hinojosa, and the presentation of the 2016 Aberg Advocacy Award to the host of KERA's Think Krys Boyd, for her sizable contributions to Aberg Center and literacy in North Texas. 

The breakfast also featured presentations from Advocacy Council members Peter Aberg and Catherin Cuellar, Aberg Center Executive Director Shana Harrison, and Regina Montoya, Director of the Mayor's Taskforce on Poverty.

Thank you to everybody who attended, to the Dallas Morning News for presenting, and to our Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsors. 

Here are some photos of the event:

LITERACY in MOTION - An Evening of Performance with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera @ The Latino Cultural Center

On the evening of Thursday, May 12th Aberg Center for Literacy proudly presented an evening of performance featuring U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, World Slam Poetry Champion Joaquin Zihuatanejo, hosted by KERA's Krys Boyd, and featuring a who's who of the Dallas literary world and talented upcoming youth poets.

THANK YOU to everyone who made Literacy in Motion a memorable and successful event.

Executive Producer: Michael Moroney
Artistic Director: Joaquin Zihuatanejo
Graphic Artist and Designer: Lina Trujillo
Creative Crew: Mary Colias Carter and Becky Hunter Clontz
Our Community Partners: Latino Cultural CenterEventos Consulmex DallasHalf Price BooksTiff's TreatsZiziki's
Our Donors and Sponsors

Last but not least we would like to thank our amazing VOLUNTEERS, all of the tremendous PERFORMERS and of course EVERYONE WHO ATTENDED this fabulous event!

Here are some select photos from the evening.