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Thank You, Peet’s!

March 14th—

Many thanks to Peet’s Coffee & Tea for their continued support of 826CHI programs, and for the mountains of coffee to sustain our staff, volunteers, and visitors.
Here’s what our students had to say >>

-"Peet's coffee gives people the power to run fast. Alfred Peet wanted people to walk faster so they can get to work earlier." -Jasmine B.

-"I love it & it's kind of weird...your coffee gives me the ability to know what other people are thinking in their mind.” -Yesenia M.

-“It tastes like unicorn’s horns.” -Yureli F.

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Voice of Witness at 826CHI

March 11th—

The Voice of Witness Education Program will be hosting an informal gathering at 826CHI next Monday, March 16, at 6:30pm. This organization uses oral history to illuminate contemporary human rights crises in the U.S. and around the world. We’ll be discussing storytelling, teaching social justice, and more. Free and open to the public. RSVP here >>

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Thank You, Dyson!

March 9th—

Thanks to a generous donation from Dyson, 826CHI has been outfitted with brand new, state-of-the-art Airblade hand dryers. Our students took some time to write letters of gratitude to the Dyson team >>

-“Dear Dyson (Co. or whatever you are), Thanks for helping us kids get the education we need from 826! Without a bathroom (sorry, 2 bathrooms) we wouldn’t be able to get tutored!” -Eric S.

-“Thank you!! Your dryers are stupendous (and tremendously powerful).” -Agent Cahoots

-“Your dryers were scary at first but then they became awesome!” -Secret Agent Marshmallow

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Stem to Story Release

March 2nd—

On February 26, 826 National and Time Warner Cable celebrated the release of STEM to Story—a project three years in the making—at the Museum of Math in NYC. The book, which will help bridge the gap between STEM and the arts for thousands of students nationwide, is being incredibly well received and the buzz is building. Even Chelsea Clinton gave a shout-out! Watch it here >>

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Secrecy and Sustainability // Cap Fund Update

February 25th—

We are well into the FURNISH phase of our Capital Building Project, with some exciting new developments.

826CHI is now “kitchen official,” with an energy-efficient dishwasher, recycling bins, storage for our reusable cutlery and dishes, and ample space to prepare snacks for students and coffee for volunteers (courtesy of Peet's Coffee & Tea and HalfWit Coffee Roasters).
And...we now have a secret entrance from the Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. into 826CHI! From this moment forward, before customers’ very eyes, agents on mission will slide through the pegboard wall to join students in our writing lab.

Watch our secret door in action, and read more updates here >>

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