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Standing with our Students

Standing with our Students

November 17th—

We believe in eternal optimism and the healing power of empathy. We believe in nurturing creative, vulnerable minds. We believe that writing is healing and volunteering is healing.

And we stand with our students, always.

You can read our full Commitment to Inclusion, the 826 Stand, here, and click here to get involved.

“Ears as Big as my Head” Coming on Thursday!

“Ears as Big as my Head” Coming on Thursday!

November 15th—

Our After-School Tutoring & Writing students' oral history project, "Ears as Big as my Head," is coming this Thursday, November 17th! Celebrate with us at a listening party at 826CHI, where there will be a potluck and a station to record your very own oral histories. Find details on our event page and see our Instagram for a preview of our students' work.
 

Thanksgiving Volunteer Potluck & Game Night

Thanksgiving Volunteer Potluck & Game Night

November 15th—

This month, 826CHI is feeling especially thankful for our volunteers. To celebrate, our Volunteer Engagement & Support Team (“VEST”) is gathering the whole family at the table to share our love of good food and friendly competition — join us this Thursday, November 17th for a Thanksgiving Potluck and Game Night.

Whether you’ve been volunteering with us for years, tutored students for the first time just today, or have been *thinking about* joining our volunteer team, we’re thankful for you — and would love to see you at this event.

Please bring your favorite game and a dish to share — we’ll have beverages and crowd favorites like Bananagrams, Lift-It, Superfight, and Dutch Blitz. (Please note: this is an all-ages, alcohol-free event.)
For more details, see our event page>>

Farewell, Kortney!

Farewell, Kortney!

November 3rd—

It’s with enormous pride and a twinge of heartbreak that we bid adieu to our Development Coordinator, Kortney Morrow. After two years of dedicated service to our students, Kortney has accepted a very exciting position with Big Class in New Orleans, which is in development to become the next chapter in the 826 network.

May the road ahead be paved with Hot Cheetos and an abundance of cereal. Godspeed, Kortney!

Eat Your Words on the Go!

Eat Your Words on the Go!

October 29th—

Our co-founder Dave Eggers and WBEZ’s Monica Eng recorded an episode of her podcast, Chewing, last month on the way to Eat Your Words, an evening of food and stories to benefit our students. Monica got the scoop on Dave’s evolving palette, appetizing & healthy school lunches, and our young writers’ food criticism. Come for information about Eat Your Words and 826, stay for Dave’s favorite taco recipe! Enjoy the fifty-three minute recording HERE>> 

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