November 9, 2023
It may have been early, but the morning was nothing short of magical.
We held Books for Breakfast, our annual breakfast fundraiser, on Wednesday, October 25, at Goodwin Procter in the Boston Seaport.
This year’s event featured John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science student Alyssa; Helen Elaine Lee, author of the novel Pomegranate; and Massachusetts State Senator Liz Miranda.
After a school bell rang to signal the beginning of the program, Alyssa kicked off the event with a powerful poem.
In unpredictability and chaos,
We see what it meant to be here,
And it’s hideous and illustrious,
All at the same time—
But I love it.
Executive Director Corey Yarbrough then took the stage to welcome the room, share the heart and mission of 826 Boston, and pay homage to the 10th anniversary of the Writers’ Room.
We were thrilled to have Senator Miranda—who is also an O’Bryant graduate—share her story with us.
“Education changed my life,” the senator shared, expressing her belief in how critical 826 Boston’s mission is.
After premiering a brand-new 826 Boston video (also featuring Alyssa), 826 Boston Board President Janet Tiampo introduced the featured speaker of the event—Helen Elaine Lee.
A storyteller to her core, Helen shared the significant role fiction plays in finding the light in the darkness, emphasizing how art and literature provide crucial insights into our past and offer pathways to reimagine the world.
[826 Boston] invests in each student’s unique angle of vision and brilliance, inspires them to embrace the adventure of their education with a growth mindset. [They understand] that writing is a process, that ability and accomplishment are not fixed but are ever-expanding. It inspires students to stretch to confront uncertainty and even to write out of it. This is the glorious work that 826 Boston does.
The morning concluded, leaving us all feeling moved, inspired, and filled with gratitude. We could not have had such a magical Books for Breakfast without the unwavering support from our individual donors, corporate donors, and media sponsors. A special thank you to our event committee and AE Events for making this morning possible.
Photos by Craig Bailey/Perspective Photo.