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. 

Give Back Tuesday @ Liberty Burger

On Tuesday, March 1st  Liberty Burger in Lakewood generously donated 10% of our total bills to support the adult and family literacy programs at Aberg Center.

It was a night of great food for a great cause! 

Thank you to Liberty Burger and everyone who came out to enjoy a delicious burger and support Liberty Burger Lakewood's Give Back Tuesday benefiting Aberg Center for Literacy!

Liberty Burger

Aberg Center for Literacy @ Dallas Festival of Ideas 2016

On Saturday, February 20th, Aberg Center for Literacy took part in the 2016 Dallas Festival of Ideas. This unique free public event was hosted by the Dallas Institute of the Humanities and Culture and the Dallas Morning News. Different venues in Fair park were divided into the Physical City, the Health City, the Entrepreneurial City, and the Literary City - each featuring performances and panel discussions based on the various themes. 

Aberg Center for Literacy invited event goers to make their own magnet poetry in celebration of our Literacy in Motion event with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. 

Here are some photos from the event: 

Thanks to everybody who came out and participated!

Family Literacy Day - Spring 2016

On Monday, February 14th we held our bi-annual Family Literacy Day. Family Literacy Day is held each semester on a DISD Professional development day, as a way to provide educational services on a school off-day. The event is open to students of Aberg Center and their friends and family. 

The theme of the day was Recycling. Students participated in a number of activity stations, including making Recycled Art. Special guests the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Sherrifs Department, Dallas Waste Management, and a free book give-a-way with books provided by Half Price Books. To finish the event, we had a performance by special guests from the Dallas Puppet Theater

Here are some photos from the event:

Credit: Sandra Bulow-Hube Photography

Thanks to all of our partners for helping us hold this unique 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: