Top Ten Moments from 2018

December 16, 2018

What better way to ring in the New Year than to celebrate our creative, funny, brilliant young writers. Join us as we highlight 10 moments of joy and exploration from 2018 across the 826 Network.

Watch the performance that earned 826 Boston’s slam poetry team the State Champions title of the 2018 Mass LEAP Louder Than A Bomb competition here.

Our brilliant students from 826 Valencia wrote and recorded episodes for their very own Message in a Bottle Podcast. Listen to recordings like I Am From the Sun by Sofie and Growing As A Fruit by Devin here. 🎙✨

From brave young writers to published authors, students from 826michigan wrote an amazing collection of stories called In the Clouds Over Ypsilanti about real-life superheroes in their communities.

Dreams do come true! 826 NYC student, Nana-Wadieh, had his writing animated by Cartoon Network as part of the 826 National Inclusion Storytelling Project.

826LA student, Santiago’s scariest moment became one of his proudest. Read about his ‘My Scariest Moment’ story and how it was published in the Halloween issue of the New York Times For Kids.

Fellow author Michelle Obama surprised 826DC students with words of wisdom and invited them to her #IAmBecoming Book Tour stop in DC.

We went viral! 826 New Orleans students shared their awesome ideas for what should replace the Confederate monuments in New Orleans and Buzzfeed took notice.

We are so proud of long-time 826CHI student, Esperanza Rivera and the beautiful words she shared about the impact that 826 has had on her life at this year’s Obama Foundation Summit. Relive the moment Esperanza was joined on stage by President Obama and Dave Eggers.

Get out your party hats and streamers because the City of Minneapolis officially declared September 26 “Mid-Continent Oceanographic Institute Day” in celebration of future 826 Chapter, MOI MSP, and their new space for young writers! 🎉

We are sad to see our countdown to 2019 come to an end, but we’re definitely not sad about this: In its first year, 826 Digital was named by Common Sense Education as a top edtech tool for educators in 2018.

We are grateful this year for our generous community who supported the ideas and words of young people across the world. On behalf our chapters, students, teachers, and volunteers nationwide, thank you. We look forward to what we can create together in 2019!

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