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Young Authors Book Project Update

April 26th—

826CHI would like to thank Brentano Math & Science Academy’s Mark Harlan for his inexhaustible support of this year’s Young Author’s Book Project.

Whether encouraging his students to keep working on their stories at home, outside of our weekly writing sessions or facilitating student editorial board meetings, Mr. Harlan was instrumental in making the content of “The Monster Gasped, OMG!” as amazing as it is.

Brentano’s students are #blessed to have such a supportive and fearless teacher leading them into new worlds with writing, showing that it doesn’t have to be so scary after all.

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“A Cheetah With Coffee In Its Daily Diet”

April 19th—

It is never too early to start reflecting on life, recording the moments that fill each day and experimenting with the memoir art form. During a Field Trip at 826CHI, 7th and 8th graders of Hurley Elementary School have picked up the pen to do just that. Between the covers of I Remember... A Cheetah with Coffee in its Daily Diet, are students' recollections—stories of life’s curveballs and celebrations; goofy moments and grievances shared; relationships and triumphs treasured.

Here at 826CHI, we couldn’t be more proud of this collection of memoirs, published and ready to be shared with you. Pick up your very own copy in the Secret Agent Supply today.

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April 19th—

Attend a literary cocktail party benefitting 826CHI on Friday, June 10th at Parliament (324 W Chicago Ave). Presented by 826CHI's Associate Board, Prologue will feature live poetry, a live funk/soul band, signature cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, and rooftop views...all in a beautiful, swanky setting. Ticketing information forthcoming!

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“The Exchange” Workshop Update

April 18th—

Film director, Cam Be recently visited an 826CHI workshop to present his feature-length documentary, "The Exchange." Students in grades 5-9 participated in the discussion following the screening, received City Passports and an assignment: document the good in the world around them. With Chicago-based arts non-profit, The Simple Good, Cam Be brought the students back in the following week to share their narratives and photo series after their week of research and exploration around the city.

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“The Exchange” with The Simple Good and Cam-Be

April 15th—

We were honored to host Priya Shah of The Simple Good and Cam-Be, filmmaker of the acclaimed feature-length documentary The Exchange, for a special Workshop series on the power of passports, travel, and finding the "simple good" wherever we are in the world.

We began with a screening of Cam-Be's film, which follows five black male Chicago high school students journey from the South Side to Kassel, Germany, where they explored the power of travel to change one's point of view. Then, 826CHI students received their own "city passports" and a mission: Visit a Chicago location you've never been to before and take a photo of a "simple good."

When students returned the following week, they wrote stories to accompany their photos and published both on The Simple Good's website as part of an ongoing, international photo project in which global citizens document their "simple good" discoveries.

THANK YOU to Priya, Cam-Be and The Simple Good for leading this engaging and thought-provoking Workshop. You can read more about The Exchange and The Simple Good at the top of THIS webpage.

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