By Jen Campisi
Bringing literacy to those in need isn’t just a cause that adults rally behind! This year, our National Junior Honors Society members here at Bernotas Middle School stepped up for this extremely worthy cause as well. Our members chose A to Z Literacy because of its ongoing mission to supply not just books, but continuing education for Zambia’s teachers, as well as funding a much needed lunch program. As an organization we realize that these things that are so readily available to us, are a much needed resource for the teachers and students we hope to reach in Zambia. Our membership organized a walk-a-thon fundraiser, collected pledges and walked for this valuable cause. Through our efforts, we were proud to be able to donate over $3,000 to A to Z Literacy. Our membership looks forward to the opportunity to do this again next school year!
By Mal Keenan
For some, nothing says fun like diving to the floor while a bunch of foam balls are being hurled at you.It’s a sport of speed and agility. It takes a strong arm and fast legs. It’s perfect for middle school kids!
Last Friday, Belinda Strebel, a 7th grade teacher at Bernotas Middle School, coordinated the first annual Viking Dodgeball Tournament. Students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade – boys and girls alike – got their teams together – and came out for a fantastic time in the gym while supporting a worthy cause, A to Z Literacy Movement.
Because of the number of teams participating and plenty of guests coming to watch, we were able to raise enough money for another shipment of books, six boxes, to be mailed to Zambia in the coming weeks.
A to Z is so grateful to Belinda for putting this together and to the Bernotas administration for the opportunity to host this event.