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July 24th—

The Boring Store's highly-coveted, painstakingly-collaged world map is up for auction until this Saturday July 26th, 5pm CST.

This one-of-a-kind gem is 12'W by 7'H (human on ladder included for scale).

Upbid in increments of at $5+ by tweeting at @TheBoringStore using the hashtag #gimmethatmap.

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Word Laboratory

July 24th—

Four mornings a week this July, our ELL campers were hard at work practicing literacy through the visual arts in our Word Laboratory.

With the help of enthusiastic volunteers, these young students created alien self-portraits (complete with elaborate backstories) and designed intricate cities from recyclable materials.

As students made art, volunteers asked lots of questions—What kind of fruit grows on that tree? How does it taste? Could you use it in pancakes? This one-on-one engagement helps students delve deeper into the worlds they're creating, and gives them an opportunity to practice their oral language skills.

Earlier this morning, students and volunteers wrapped up the Word Lab experience by printing a portfolio of their work on marbled paper—which they crafted themselves!

Photos here (and many more to come).

Intern With Us!

July 15th—

Looking for an immersive, hands-on experience in the nonprofit world? 826CHI's passionate and talented interns work directly with our students, plan important fundraising events, write grant proposals, support our traditional and digital communications, and even more.

Our Fall deadline is this Friday, July 18, at 5pm. To read more and apply, please click here.

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High School Writers Week

July 15th—

On Monday, July 7, we kicked off High School Writers Week at Columbia College with 17 of our most radical older students. At the end of this two-week workshop, they'll have heard from eight professional writers across a variety of genres and written a masterpiece of their own. Click here to view photos.

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Strength In Numbers

July 15th—

This year, with your help, we showed the students and families of Chicago that there is strength in numbers.

2,385 Books published
95 Field Trips
10 In-School Partnerships
437 Active volunteers
137 After-School Tutoring & Writing sessions
37 Workshosp
43 Interns

To read more about the fantastic fiscal year that was, please click here. To renew your support of 826CHI's programs for another year, click here.

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