Thursday, August 26, 2010

happy 826 day!

happy 826 day! 826national has dubbed 8/26 National Youth Literacy Day! that's today.

there are eight 826 chapters across the country, including locations in chicago, brooklyn, boston, ann arbor, and more. each center has a themed storefront! there's a pirate store, a bigfoot research institute, a time travel store, and a robot store, to name a few. (among all the robot merch at the robot store is are the robots made by deets, a local artist you may have seen at craft fairs!)

826 offers totally free literacy programming for kids age 6-18, including free tutoring, drop in writing time, field trips, workshops, and more. all free. writing and literacy was never so much fun. i volunteer at the 826michigan chapter and it is quite awesome. behind that robot store is a newly reorganized writing and tutoring lab, where the magic happens. did i mention how much fun the volunteers and kids have??!

want to know what else author dave eggers of mcsweeney's is up to? 826valencia is your answer! he's the man behind the curtain that is 826.

$8.26 on 8/26 is a nationwide campaign in which all chapters are celebrating literacy and spreading the word to help continue free literacy instruction and to help make it possible to continue all this free stuff.

you don't have to donate, but please check out what this nonprofit has to offer. have kids? you HAVE to go there! stop everything and go ask "what workshops do you have?" you may find out more about mustache growing contests, robot parades, prom hanks, movie screenings, and more.

wait, what?

i know, that's what i said at first.

-m

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