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Help Our Students Grow this Spring

April 25th—

Spring is the time when flowers, plants, and trees start to grow tall and bloom. In the summer, trees and flowers will continue to grow.
- “Spring,” by Heikki E.

Like plants, young minds don’t stop growing because the school year ends. Our summer programs help students practice writing skills and mitigate learning loss in ways that are student-centered, inquiry based, and fun. Through the summer, next year, and beyond, you can help us nurture Chicago’s students. Donate today, and help a young mind grow––beautiful as a flower, tall as a tree, surprising and wonderful as a taco plant.

And, as thanks for a recurring donation, you’ll receive a book of student work and a tote bag to take it on your next taco-crazy adventure.

Welcome, Molly!

Welcome, Molly!

April 22nd—

Meet 826CHI’s newest agent, Molly Sprayregen. Molly joins us as a Program Coordinator through August and will be supporting our Field Trips and Workshops!

Congratulations to Carl Sandburg and 21st Century Award Winners!

April 21st—

Our thunderous applause goes to our friend Natalie Moore, recipient of the 21st Century Award, as well as the recipients of the 2017 Carl Sandburg Literary Awards: the acclaimed novelist Margaret Atwood AND our own co-founder Dave Eggers! Read on >> 

Audio producer Sarah Geis Visits 826CHI to talk careers and storytelling

April 19th—

In another enlightening session of our Speakers & Snacks series this month, audio producer Sarah Geis visited our After-School Tutoring & Writing students to share insights from a career of recording people’s oral histories for StoryCorps and Third Coast International Audio Festival. Our thanks go to Sarah for sharing her time and experience.

To hear our students’ own powerful oral histories from last year’s Ears as Big as My Head, check out our SoundCloud.

Poets in Revolt! Community Workshop Success

April 18th—

“Every decent poem comes out of an impulse to make the world a better place.”
-Don Share

Thanks to our partners at The Writer’s Studio at the University of Chicago’s Graham School, our community workshop Poets in Revolt helped a roomful of people write their own world-improving poems.

Didn’t make it to the workshop? You can still join our community of writers tonight at Free Verse, a night of poetry prompts and readings—and next month at our Volunteer Writers Studio on Wednesday, May 17th.

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