Volunteer of the Month

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FridayNovember 2015

Beth Fowler

Beth Fowler, A Fan Favourite

When you hear the explosion of children’s laughter in a classroom, you know you’re having a great workshop. When you hear an explosion of laughter from volunteers alongside those students, you know that something truly inspiring is happening. That’s how it feels every time November Volunteer of the Month, Beth Fowler, assists works with students. Her genuine enjoyment of seeing young writers come up with creative stories is enthralling to watch, and the students have even more fun when they have such an engaged and excited adult helping them.

A senior lecturer at Wayne State University in the History Department, Beth Fowler has been volunteering with Detroit programs since January 2015. She began working with our writing club at Golightly Education Center, and quickly expanded to help at any time she could. She has volunteered at many of our workshop roadshows, helped over the summer at drop-in writing at two library branches, copyedited for OMNIBUS VII, and now tutors multiple times a week in Detroit with various programs. Also, she invites us into her WSU classroom at the beginning of every semester to recruit honors students to volunteer with 826michigan. She is a true renaissance woman. 

Beth is also a Canadian citizen, which means she gets to answer all of the silly questions Brandan and Tom have about Canada. Things we’ve learned about Canada from Beth so far:

- Pizza Pizza and Little Caesars are, in fact, two different businesses
- The Weeknd is from Canada
- They STILL have Dark Chocolate Twix Bars
- KFC biscuits were not well received 
- They drive on the right side of the road
- Not everyone is obsessed with hockey
- Hotline Bling is not a common Canadian phrase, and Canadians are equally as confused by it.

We have been honoured to have a partner in Detroit like Beth Fowler. Thanks Beth, for being an inspiration to our students and a source of Canadian knowledge for our volunteers and staff. We salute you!

FridayOctober 2015

The 826michigan Education Advisory Board This spring we piloted a new project, based on the trailblazing efforts of intelligence at 826CHI (no wonder their theme is espionage)! We assembled an all-star A TEAM of educators to help advise us on programming decisions and best practices when working with students and volunteers…

WednesdaySeptember 2015

Alyssa Lopez asked us something during her internship in the summer of 2014 that stopped many a heart mid-beat: I love doing data entry–are there any other projects like this I can do? There are many important roles that 826michigan volunteers take on when it comes to our programs, and…

SaturdayAugust 2015

Jeff is a scientist and a musician, but it’s impossible to label him with just a few words, or for that matter, with just a few 826michigan programs.  For example, while he has taught multiple STEM-based writing workshops for us (Busting Bat Myths, Do You Dig It, and Sound and…

WednesdayJuly 2015

Noelle Sciarini, Volunteer Extraordinaire We often have folks come to us, wondering if there are volunteer opportunities for those who work nine-to-five, full-time-style jobs. We show them a picture of Noelle Sciarini, our July Volunteer of the Month.Okay, we don’t actually do that, but we COULD, because Noelle has found so many…

TuesdayJune 2015

Sometimes we celebrate more than one volunteer in a month, and usually it is because they work closely together in a program, are related by blood, or are married. This month, we have paired two volunteers who don’t have any of these in common—but they DO happen to share a last…

MondayMay 2015

  There is the League of Superheroes and there is Dumbledore’s Army and there is the Dead Poet’s Society and then, above them all, is the special triumvirate of Liberty Street Tutoring Interns, Katie, Ricky, and Emma. Every day Monday through Thursday these three important people make our program run,…

WednesdayApril 2015

If you’ve been to Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, you have likely encountered—perhaps even interacted with—the art of Elaine Reed, April’s Volunteer of the Month. RightBot, our human-sized robot not only displays faces of our students and recites the digits of Pi every five minutes*, it also provides endless…

WednesdayMarch 2015

“I’ll be cold for you.” These five words effectively sum up the amount of dedication and eagerness to help that our Volunteer of the Month, Cat Batsios, offers to the Detroit team. When it was uncertain if there would be enough support during a volunteer orientation session on a treacherously…

WednesdayFebruary 2015

  While a lot of 826 volunteers participate in many different programs, it seems that most have a favorite program, that is near and dear to their hearts. I think it is safe to say that Abby Ruehlmann, February 2015′s Volunteer of the Month, has found her favorite program at…

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