¡Pachanga! Aberg Center's 15th Anniversary Fiesta

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. 

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:

End of Semester Celebration & Holiday Party - 2015

On Thursday, December 17th, students, volunteers, family and friends of Aberg Center for Literacy gathered in the Great Hall at St. Matthew's Cathedral to celebrate their accomplishments this semester, and ring in the holiday season.

We had great food provided by our amazing students, sand Christmas carols led by Harold Knight on Piano, and played a few rounds of Holiday Bingo for a reach into Santa's bag of presents. We also had an awesome presentation from the Level IV English class comparing Christmas in Mexico with Christmas in America. Finally we topped off the morning with attendance certificates for our dedicated students. 

Thank you for all who attended and for all who made the Fall semester a special one!

Here are some photos of the event:

Credit: Sandra Bulow-Hube Photography

Thanks to all of our students and volunteers for a great Fall semester! Merry Christmas!

A Way with Words - Live @ the Majestic Theater

On March 23rd, 2015, Aberg Center for Literacy supporters, volunteers, and students, joined fans of Wayword Radio's hit independent radio show, A Way with Words for an intimate evening of linguistic fun at the historic Majestic Theater in downtown Dallas. Hosts of A Way with Words, Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett delved into the quirks of the English language, and shared insights into how their own upbringing sparked a life-long fascination with words.

KERA's host of Think, Kris Boyd joined Martha & Grant on stage for an illuminating interview, and NPR's game guru John Chaneski led audience members on Team Martha and Team Grant in a rousing, word-themed puzzle game. 

One final highlight for the evening was when Aberg Center for Literacy's newest crop of U.S. Citizens joined the radio celebrities on stage for a standing ovation.

Check out the highlights of the event here:

Thanks to everybody who attended the event in support of Aberg Center!