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Thanksgiving Advice from an 826CHI Student

November 27th—

Although 6th-grader Renata's advice is specifically "What to Do at a Fancy Dinner," we wonder how much of her insight could apply to your Thanksgiving festivities...

"#4. When you think the old people get annoying or boring, ask them if they want to run laps around the building. Keep everyone active."

Read the rest in our Writing Gallery >>


November 26th—

This season, and in anticipation of ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬, we're inviting our supporters to share what growing up means to you, using only four words.

Follow the hashtag ‪#‎ForwardsInFourWords‬ to see what others have shared, and contribute your own >>

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Small Business Saturday

November 26th—

Citizens of Chicago: The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. requests your continued allegiance on Small Business Saturday! Stop by 1276 N Milwaukee Ave between the hours of 11am and 6pm, and snag some cryptic gifts for your loved ones—all while supporting local business and 826CHI.

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Scrabble for Cheaters: Fundraising Incentive

November 25th—

Scrabble nerds and swindling scoundrels: INCENTIVE ALERT (one-time only!)

From now until 5pm on Sunday, December 7th, all funds raised will count for DOUBLE when you purchase cheats:

$25 from your little brother >> purchase the NON-CON (a $50 value)
$50 from your grandma >> purchase THE KOSHKA (a $100 value)
Etc, etc, etc

Register today >>

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Chapbook Release Party: Imaginary Lands

November 24th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students’ first chapbook of the school year follows an Imaginary Lands theme. Students have created their own countries, including details like its national anthem, population, flora and fauna, the role of government and laws, celebrities of note, and local customs. Local artists have created maps of these imaginary lands, which will accompany our students’ writing—like in Chronicles of Narnia or Game of Thrones.

A few examples of Imaginary Lands included: Unicornapolois, Stickfigula, Woodland, Peanut Land, Aqua Land, and Muffin Land, which, according to 2nd grader Neftali, “It’s nowhere but your head.”

We’ll kick off the evening with a community potluck (HOMEMADE FLAUTAS, Y’ALL), followed by readings from our student-authors. This is our first book release in our new home and we’re so excited to pack the room in support of our amazing students. Come one, come all! Join our Facebook event >>

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