A Few Highlights from 2019

As we prepare to host our 11th Annual FUNdraiser, Literacy at the Lake, A to Z team members are proud to share a few highlights from 2019.


  • Purchased new books as gifts for students participating in an after-school reading program
  • Gave away 900 children’s books to 300 summer school students 
  • Spent time reading with 30 students at McHenry Youth and Family Services in June & July each week
  • Gave 500 children’s books away to local families at the Community Clinic Outreach 


  • Supported college student Jonathan Mwale at Mulengushi University covering the cost of his tuition and housing
  • Provided professional learning opportunities at School of Hope to support student engagement and methods of instruction
  • Provided long-distance professional development and curriculum work via phone conferences for Shine Zambia Reading Academy teachers 
  • Shipped 4 boxes to a women and children’s organization in Zambia
  • Shipped 6 boxes of books to a nonprofit in Malawi 
  • Shipped 4 boxes to a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia

As we celebrate our 2019 accomplishments, we know that none of our work could be done without amazing supporters like YOU! Your belief in our mission and your commitment to our organization continues to help us promote the love of reading and support the literacy lives of children locally and globally. Thanks to you, we have been able to get books into kids’ hands and support their social and academic reading habits. Thank you!

We hope to see you Saturday, Feb. 1st from 5:00-8:00 at Main Beach Pavillon.

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