Thank You to All Who Attended Trivia Night!

Our 2nd Trivia Night was a blast.  Don’t miss out on the fun next year!

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Our Middle School Students Really Stepped Up!

By Jen Campisi

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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!

National Junior Honor Society’s Walkathon for A to Z Was Awesome!

By Emma Gruper, 8th Grade Student at Bernotas Middle School

On Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, I had the privilege to be a part of the A to Z walk-a-thon at Lundahl Middle School.

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Emma (green headband) walks toward her volunteer post.

At this event, National Junior Honor Society members raised money for this event, and walked to support the project for nearly two hours!

2014-05-28 04.20.50While other students walked, I was chosen to help with money, spread sheets, and t-shirt hand out.Trying to keep up with these teachers, was close to impossible! These ladies were like bees in a hive; buzzing from here to there, making the Walk-a-Thon the best it could be.

2014-05-28 04.34.43Thanks to all who participated and who made this fundraiser the best it could be.


Dodgeball Was a Hit!

By Mal Keenan

2014-05-23 02.58.38For 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!

2014-05-23 03.35.38Last 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.

2014-05-23 03.12.42Because 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.

Declutter: A Poem

By Pat Kelly

Spring is in the air

and along with it comes an urge

to clean up, clean out, sort and purge.

If you’re a Crystal Laker

we hope that you will save

the goods that are stockpiled when you straighten up your cave.

Clothing, kitchen items, whatever’s in the way,

hold on to them please, until the week of Earth Day.

April 20-26, drop your wares at the Savers store

Tell the man “This donation is for A to Z” before you walk out the door.

Savers will weigh our donations up, do some math

and write a check.

We all win- you, Savers and A to Z.

Thanks for making the trek.


Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Read!

By Pat Kelly

Perhaps you will be doing some cleaning of closets, the garage or (gasp!) the kid’s rooms this Spring. Are you weeding out the winter clothes you no longer want? Please consider putting a pile of donations aside for the week of Earth Day, April 20-26. Green is good- let someone else get some use out of your unwanted belongings.

A to Z Literacy is partnering with Savers, a Crystal Lake thrift store to collect used items and turn them into cash for our mission. This thrift store chain will pay us by the pound for the goods we amass. Unfortunately, we cannot take furniture, liquids or tires.

Anytime during April 20-26, bring your items to Savers, 230 W Virginia St. (Rt. 14), Crystal Lake. Please make sure to mention that the items are to be donated for the A to Z Literacy Movement fundraiser. Along with your receipt, you’ll get a coupon to use on your next shopping trip to Saver’s.



Do you shop at Amazon?

By Kristina Weber

EXCITING NEWS at A to Z today… we are now active on Amazon Smile!

This is quite literally the easiest way to support A to Z ever.  For real.

These days, I do probably 95% of my shopping on Amazon.  Now, every time I buy ANYTHING I will be supporting A to Z.  I can’t get over how cool that is.

All you need to do is click on the link above and bookmark it.  Whenever you shop on Amazon, go through that bookmark and you are supporting A to Z.

And stay tuned for an excuse to do some spring cleaning! Pat is putting together a pretty ingenious fund raiser right now that’s going to make me clean my closets and my basement.  Yay! 🙂