The Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute carries unicorn tears, t-shirts, and books of student writing. Stop by the GBBRI Monday through Friday, 1-6 PM, or click here to shop online.
June 11, 2014
From L-R: 826 Boston Executive Director Daniel Johnson, Cummings Foundation Trustee Richard C. Ockerbloom, & 826 Boston Board President Kevin Whalen
We're profoundly grateful for the support of the Cummings Foundation
, which named 826 Boston one of its "100k for 100" organizations
. In September, we'll launch our pilot satellite after-school program at the Grove Hall branch of the Boston Public Library
, thanks in part to the support of the Cummings Foundation. Our satellite after-school program will help us reach 150 additional students in Dorchester and Roxbury with high-impact after-school writing programming.
Each year, the Cummings Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 100 local nonprofits. This $10 million in funding supports a diverse range of causes, including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice.
June 6, 2014
Join the 11th grade student authors from the John D. O'Bryant School of Math and Science and 826 Boston as we celebrate the release of It's Not the Stone That Brings You Strength, a collection of personal myths discovered, unraveled, and retold.
When: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 from 6-8 pm
Where: Northeastern University
Curry Student Center, McLeod Suites 320
346 Huntington Ave.
Enjoy student readings, a book signing, and refreshments. Paid parking is available at Northeastern University. This event is free and open to the public, so come on down to pick up your copy!
June 2, 2014
Thank you for celebrating with 826 Boston at Night of 1,000 Stories. With your help, we raised more than $200,000 in support of our free youth writing programs. And we're still tallying your gifts, which leads us to believe we'll likely reach our goal of $225,000. This is the most we've ever raised in the room--we're elated!
Three hundred guests cheered when 1,000 confetti stories rained down and colorful banners unfurled overhead during cocktail hour. Richard Blanco, fifth inaugural poet, transfixed guests with his powerful story of poetic transformation. "I wish that I'd had an 826 in my life when I was young," he shared.
We're also excited to share that your inspiring generosity helped 826 Boston exceed Robert Kraft's out-of-the-blue challenge gift. Thanks to you, Robert Kraft will donate $100,000 in support of our 2014 and 2015 summer theater camps with the American Repertory Theater. We're moved by Robert Kraft's gift and excited that you've helped to double its impact. Thanks again for supporting 826 Boston!
June 2, 2014
At Night of 1,000 Stories, 826 Boston premiered its brand new video, "I'm A Flame You Can't Put Out: Voices from the Rafael Hernández School."
Directed by Matt Watson, this powerful short film showcases 43 5th graders from the Rafael Hernández School, reciting lines from their poetry. 826 Boston's newest collection, I'm A Flame You Can't Put Out/Soy una llama que no puedes apagar, features poems written in English and Spanish, in addition to black and white portraits of the student authors. Pick up your copy today!
May 30, 2014
Congratulations to RACHEL BERGQUIST, our April Volunteer of the Month! In addition to her contributions as a regular after-school tutor and in-school volunteer, Rachel was also one of our top two fundraisers during this year's Write-A-Thon, raising nearly $1,600 to support our programs!
Rachel described her experience volunteering as a "dream":"I was surprised by how welcoming and helpful the kids were to me as a new volunteer...The after-school kids helped teach me about their regular routine, and the kids at the Hernández School were willing to listen patiently to me stumble through my Spanish."
In her free time, Rachel likes to go on long walks in the Arboretum, journey by train, and ride a horse named Montana in the woods. Ever practical, if Rachel were to go on a hunt for Bigfoot, she would be sure to bring a thermos of tea.
Thanks so much for choosing to spend your hours with us, Rachel! Thanks also to Harvard Book Store for sponsoring our Volunteer of the Month series.
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