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A February Break Filled with Books

February 25, 2020

A student writes a story during a February break workshop.

Photo by Kyle Davi.

From spaghetti skyscrapers and pet stories to crafty villains and college survival tips, 826 Boston was buzzing with activity during February break. Students got the chance to attend a host of creative workshops and interactive field trips, transforming their school break into five days of action-packed, imagination-filled adventures.

Students brainstorm writing ideas during a field trip to the Peabody Essex Museum.

Photo by Erin Sherry.

In celebration of Black History Month, students explored the Peabody Essex Museum’s newest exhibit Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle. Immersing themselves in the art of one of America’s best-known black painters, students wrote their own stories inspired by the exhibit and compiled their writing into a bound book.

Students work with a volunteer during a field trip to WGBH with NOVA Science Studio.

Photo by Erin Sherry.

In partnership with NOVA Science Studios, students got behind-the-scenes access to the new film Polar Extremes: Antarctica and a backstage pass to WGBH’s new Polar Lab. After hearing from the filmmakers and scientists behind the movie, students put on their reporters’ hats to help spread the word about climate change.

A student works with a volunteer on their illustrated pet story during a February break workshop.

Photo by Kyle Davi.

Between lasagna lodges, clever villains, and investigative journalists, Our Egleston Square Tutoring Center was also filled with students’ imaginative designs, clever characters, and questions during the week.

Writer Candance McDuffie got the writing wheels turning, showcasing prompt generators students already possess to produce stories all about them. Children’s book author Leslie Martini worked with students to create their own picture books, starring both real and imaginary pets.

Thank you to all of our workshop leaders, volunteers, and community partners. If you’re interested in future writing workshops, stay tuned for our April break workshops coming soon!

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