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Neighborhood Stories at Kelvyn Park HS

April 12th—

Between bouts of writers block, Kelvyn Park High School's 8th grade students have found moments of clarity as they identify the meaningful people and places that define their worlds and their lives.

Thanks to artist and classroom teacher Jeni Crone (a longtime 826CHI volunteer!), students are compiling "neighborhood" stories that will eventually become stop-motion animation films. This spring, volunteers have been working with students to unpack and share the complexities of life at Kelvyn Park, from tales of a former gangster’s home surgery to warm memories of parents' late-night advice over cups of hot chocolate.

Want to Work with 826CHI in Your Classroom?

April 11th—

Are you interested in joining forces with a team of 826CHI's educators and volunteers in the fall of the 2015-2016 school year? We're excited to visit classrooms both familiar and new to us!

We're currently accepting partnership proposals for in-school partnerships that will begin in September, October, November, or December 2016. Due to high demand and limited capacity, we can only take on a few partnerships per semester. However, we encourage you to apply regardless and we'll keep you in mind for future projects. Deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, May 13, 2016 — fill out the form HERE.

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Dear Poet

April 6th—

In honor of ‪National Poetry Month‬, our students have been penning letters to poets as part of The Academy of American Poets' ‪‎Dear Poet‬ project.

7th grader Espy is on round three of editing her letter to poet Jane Hirshfield. She's adding more questions for Jane, as well as details about how the poem Three Foxes at the Edge of the Field at Twilight connects to her life.

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“This Could Go On For Centuries”

April 4th—

Underwater donut shops, shapeshifting mermaids, teacup pigs that yell in unison, popcorn-obsessed rap stars... Our tutoring students' forthcoming chapbook, This Could Go On For Centuries, has it all!

Join us on Thursday, April 14th, from 4:45 - 6pm as these 1st-through-8th-graders read before a rapt audience—some for the very first time. We’ll enjoy food and drinks (please bring something to share!) but, most importantly, will fill the room with raucous applause for our student-authors.

Cover design by the incomparable Kelsey Zigmund. RSVP on our Facebook page >>

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Register for Summer Programming

April 1st—

Registration is now open for our summer program offerings! Visit THIS webpage to register via Google Form, or click HERE to access a printable PDF. Registration closes on Monday, April 25th. You will be notified of your registration status in early May.

>> Elementary School Writers Camp
>> Middle School Writers Camp
>> High School Writers Camp
>> Eat Your Words - Local eatery-inspired food writing
>> The Rest Is Noise - Pitchfork Music Festival-inspired music writing 
>> Word Lab - Art and writing intensive for English Language Learners

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