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).
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.
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.
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
Before we move down the street to 1276 N. Milwaukee Ave., we have nearly a decade's worth of stuff to purge from our current digs. Over the weekend of July 12th (both Saturday and Sunday), mosey over to 826CHI and pick through our glitterized relics, vintage school desks, curriculum books, butterfly-shaped lamps, and whatever other earthly gems we drag out of our basement.
If you wish to contribute your own items to the sale, you can drop things off during regular business hours Monday, July 7th through Wednesday, July 9th—and until 9pm on Thursday, July 10th.
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