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A Chemist, an Astrophysicist, A Journalist or 2

A Chemist, an Astrophysicist, A Journalist or 2

July 26th—

Hypothesis: If 826CHI and Project Exploration gather a bunch of incredibly curious students together for a week and, on top of teaching them solid science and writing skills, connect them with journalists and scientists, the students (and instructors) will have an amazing time and write amazing things.

Test the hypothesis: After securing an exceptionally curious group of junior high and high school students, 826CHI and Project Exploration introduced the young writers to the likes of chemist Mike Davis, health reporter for the Chicago Tribune, Monica Eng, investigative reporter and stats wiz, Jeff Lowestein-Kelly from Hoy, and astrophysicist Sean Carroll who just so happened to be at CERN when they announced the discovery of the Higgs boson!

As the students were exposed to the intersection of science and the media, they were challenged to write about science that matters to them. With personal stories weaved into essays full of research, the students presented their compelling essays on everything from the multiple benefits of community gardens to reflections on neuroscience and tolerance.

Conclusion: The hypothesis seems to be confirmed. Cannot wait to retest the results next summer!  

Summertime And The Giving’s Easy

Summertime And The Giving’s Easy

July 23rd—

Hearing the word "peel" in the context of summer typically summons thoughts of skin's reaction to spending many hours under an unyielding sun. Or perhaps, if thinking more citrusly, the remainders of a fresh squeezed treat. Well, we hear at 826CHI, would like to add one more peel to the summer, an appeal! 

As we are currently in the midst of some awesome summer programs here and also gearing up for the Fall, we're reaching out to our 826CHI fans near and far, be you at the beach, in an airplane, at the movies, the big game, the cookout, and/or comfortably, immobolized in front of an air conditioner to ask for your support. Please donate to our summer appeal and keep your eyes ...er .... peeled for a letter coming from us soon!

[Redacted] was Really Rad

June 14th—

When the Hideout and the AVClub told us they were doing a comedy show called [REDACTED] whose complete lineup wouldn't be known 'til the comedians walked onto the stage, and that they were gonna throw the proceeds from the night into the 826CHI wallet we said, super cool. Then, the show happened and we, along with the soldout crowd, uttered things like "whoa" and "unbelievable" and, "yeahhhh!!!" as the onslaught of talent hit the mike, one after another.

Gigantic thanks to the Hideout, the AVClub, TBS' Just for Laugh Festival, the people who were quick on the draw to buy tickets to the show and to the ha-ha-makers: Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Brian Posehn, Pete Holmes, Patton Oswalt, Janeane Garofalo, Jon Glaser [in abstentia], Kyle Kinane, Amy Schumer, Eddie Peppitone, Cameron Esposito, and Dan Telfer

Bo Knows 826CHI

Bo Knows 826CHI

June 11th—

Bo Jackson knows football. Bo Jackson knows baseball. Bo Jackson  - and many other amazing athtletes who are in or friends with players in the National Basketball Retired Players Association - know the importance of 826CHI's writing and afterschool homework help.  And that is why they came out to the Lost Marsh Golf course this past Friday for the Innaugural Legends on the Links golf tournament.  Read all about the legendary day at nwi.com. We were thrilled to be a part of the tourny (and to have the opportunity to dodge balls while driving golf carts) and must give big thanks to the players, Agency Marketing Group, the Luvabulls and all the others who made it happen! 

826CHI’s Compendium III Released at Midwest’s Largest Lit Fest

826CHI’s Compendium III Released at Midwest’s Largest Lit Fest

June 10th—

826CHI was honored to present  Memoirs, Dance Floors, and Dinosaurs: Stories by the Writers at 826CHI at the 2012 Printers Row Lit Fest.  Not only did students brave the tent's tropical temps to regale the crowd with tales that, indeed, spanned the gamut from writing about oneself to writing about a very friendly T. Rex, but we also officially released Compendium Vol. III, our latest compilation of terrific student writing. 

The book is a beauty and wants very much to go on summer vacation with you. Grab your copy from the Boring Store. And don't forget, proceeds from the book go right back to the free 826CHI programs that produce the great writing that will go into the next Compendium which you can then buy and whose proceeds will go right back to the free 826CHI programs that produce the great writing that will go into the Compendium after that ad infinitum. 

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