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What are we up to around 826michigan? A lot! From Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair updates to program closures to news and views from our students and volunteers, our blog chronicles it all.

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FridayJuly 2017

Tammy Nguyen, our July 2017 Volunteer of the Month, came to us by way of our northern neighbor, Canada.* After moving to Ann Arbor with her husband, Tammy was determined to become deeply engaged in the community and build a vibrant network. We have been one of the lucky recipients…

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FridayJuly 2017

826michigan serves thousands of students across the region. Last year, we reached nearly 4,000 young writers in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit—before the Detroit Robot Factory even opened. Having now completed five months of full-time service across TWO 826michigan centers—–Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair and the Detroit Robot Factory—–it…

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MondayJune 2017

The Box That Carried Her Home MeAsia Hendon, Age 16 Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine Detroit, Michigan We had to save her. Our brand new family friend, a brown-and-black puppy with a purple tongue, was stuck underneath the wooden doghouse in my mother’s friend’s backyard. We figured…

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ThursdayJune 2017

We are SO pleased to announce Bridget Gibbons as our June 2017 Volunteer of the Month! June is a month of culmination at 826michigan—so many projects are coming together into a fantastic grand finale for the end of the school year. This year is even more special as we are…

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ThursdayJune 2017

  One of the best things about running an 826 chapter in southeast Michigan is our proximity to the wonderful Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. In addition to fresh, locally-sourced, endlessly mouthwatering foods, Zingerman’s offers top-notch professional development through ZingTrain, and regularly gives back to the local community through community partnerships….

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FridayMay 2017

The Blue Sweater Gabriel Etheridge, Age 6 Drop-in Writing for Wee-bots at the Detroit Public Library One day, a lion was shopping at the mall and saw a blue sweater. Lion said, “I want that blue sweater.” The cat said, “The sweater is $8.55.” The lion cried. He was sad….

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SaturdayMay 2017

Love and light—those are the two words that come to mind when we think of Juan Martinez. His art is magical and his spirit overflows with warmth and kindness. We’re super fans. In our estimation, Juan is quite simply, a hero. With some specifics, our Executive Director Amanda Uhle would…

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TuesdayMay 2017

A funny thing happened to Jean Leverich this week as she walked into 826michigan for the field trip: she started pondering the depths of Dr. Blotch’s complex psyche. She thought: Although Dr. Blotch often misplaces their diary during our Strange Mysteries! field trip, is there something else of equal or…

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ThursdayApril 2017

Do you love writing? Are you super excited at just the thought of nurturing the next generation of national voices? Would you love to simply inspire confidence and community in young people of all ages? Does the thought of wearing matching sweaters with the group above send you bursting with…

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WednesdayApril 2017

Ode to Dr. Blotch Dr. Blotch’s Family Writing Laboratory at Estabrook Elementary, March 2017 Ja’Qub Anthony, age 9 In the morning you eat a bowl of bad manager souls. You look like an evil girl goblin and I feel your hair of boogers. You smell like pears. I love your…

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Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255