Thanks to the donations provided through GlobalGiving, 826DC is continuing to work toward achieving the goals described in our project plan. We have hosted a number of field trips, held writing workshops, and provided drop-in tutoring and writing help. With the help of a dedicated group of interns and volunteers, we are working hard to keep students engaged and excited through the end of the school year.
Our after-school tutoring program consistently has an average daily attendance of 40 students, many of whom attend four days per week. Our volunteers are implementing individualized learning plans designed during the first part of the academic year, and are continuing to adjust those plans as the students make progress.
Reading All Stars, our Saturday one-on-one reading program at Tubman Elementary School, is currently serving 87 students. Each week, students read with their tutors and receive help with reading and writing skills.
We have hosted 17 Storytelling & Bookmaking field trips for students from seven different schools (Tubman ES, SEED PCS, Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, DC Bilingual PCS, Washington Yu-Ying PCS, and Center City PCS). During our field trips, a class of students comes to our center to write their own book together in two hours with the aid of our talented volunteers. Each student writes his or her own ending to the story and takes home a copy of the finished product.
In addition, we are wrapping up the sixth iteration of our flagship program, the Young Authors’ Book Project. We are working with a creative writing class from SEED School of Washington, in Ward 7. From October through January, we met with students for writing workshops each week. As we move into the spring semester, students are editing their work, and are transforming their pieces into a printed book.
In the coming months, we will continue our aggressive fundraising strategy. We have a number of fundraising events planned for the spring and are confident that we can continue to break fundraising records.