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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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MondayNovember 2020

Volunteers are the heart and soul of 826michigan, but there are some volunteers who are our heart, soul, and essential organs. They are so deeply a part of the work we do that we can’t imagine life without them. Jim Ottaviani is one of those volunteers. The entire staff was…

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MondayOctober 2020

  826michgan Programs will be completely virtual for the 2020-21 school year. We have launched Virtual Schoolwork Support (formerly called After-school Tutoring) and Writing with Wee-bots, with Write Now Writing Kits and partnership writing opportunities available for distance writing and learning. More programs are still to come, and all of…

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MondayOctober 2020

We’re not sure where we’d be right now if it weren’t for Justin Schell and Travis Blake. When they answered our call for video support, we were in the middle of our transition to online programs. What we had: lots of questions, many ideas, plenty of worries. What Travis and…

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FridayAugust 2020

Running programs on Zoom can be really different than meeting in person, and our students have handled our transition in various ways. Some students seem more hesitant to speak up, especially in larger Zoom rooms. But when Connie Powers enters the room, everyone lights up. Connie’s warmth, energy, and enthusiasm…

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MondayJune 2020

  MONDAY, JUNE 01, 2020 Though Governor Whitmer has lifted Michigan’s stay-at-home order and partially permitted the reopening of non-essential business in our state, 826michigan’s writing centers do remain closed. For the safety and health of our students, volunteers, staff, and our extended 826michigan community, we will continue to implement our distance…

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MondayJune 2020

Dear Friends, Today, in the year 2020, we find ourselves in a horrific and overwhelming time of violence, anger and loss. Instead of flying cars and teleportation devices, we are facing civil unrest reminiscent of the 1960’s. Incidents of violence and murder, involving Breonna Taylor, David McAtee (Kentucky), Ahmaud Arbery (Georgia),…

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FridayApril 2020

Hello, Friends! Are you up for the challenge?  Dr. Blotch’s Writing Challenge, 826michigan’s virtual writing challenge, launches next week on our website and social media pages. A regular interrupter of 826michigan’s writing field trips, Dr. Blotch is 826michigan’s nefarious, slimy, and unique editor. Dr. Blotch often calls in and demands…

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MondayMarch 2020

  Hello Friends, There are many, MANY reasons to be grateful for the human beings we’re connected to on this planet, even when we have to practice keeping a little space between us while we collectively work to flatten the COVID-19 infection curve. Please follow this link to connect to…

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FridayMarch 2020

  FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020   Dear 826michigan Friends,  One day makes quite a difference. Since we first communicated yesterday, COVID-19 has escalated in our state and thus our need to take action for the health and safety of our entire 826michigan community. At our last check, there are 12…

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ThursdayMarch 2020

Dear 826michigan Community, As you make plans to care for yourself and others, I want to take a moment to communicate the precautions we are taking at 826michigan as we navigate the ongoing situation with the coronavirus. Your health and well-being, as our students, families, volunteers, staff, and partners, is…

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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