Volunteer of the Month

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FridayJanuary 2017

Ani Lekhi

It was Monday evening. The Redford Library was abuzz with pencils scratching across pages and the voices of enthusiastic young writers turning their thoughts into a physical entity. A new student, Gabriel, age 7, was writing a story about a rock band readying to play a huge show, but there is traffic. Drats! How will they get through this predicament!? But before we get into that traffic, we must tackle spelling. Gabriel is unsure how to spell ‘traffic.’ So he asks aloud to his tutor for the evening, “How do you spell ‘traffic’?”

Enter: Ani Lekhi. A Jill of all trades with a degree in Psychology from Ohio State University, Ani has jumped into our first semester of programming from the Detroit Robot Factory with outstretched arms and legs, like those slow-motion videos of frogs jumping from tree limb to tree limb. She has worked with students at our Wee-Bots Writing Club at the Redford Library, Boggs School After-School Writing Club, and several field trips at the Detroit Robot Factory (wearing her hard hat of course).

It is Ani’s first time as a volunteer at 826michigan. She looks at Gabriel and calmly asks, “How do you think you spell it? Let’s sound it out.” It is the ideal response that we cover in our volunteer trainings! Gabriel has just gone from an observer to an explorer of the English language with Ani’s redirection. Our staff hearts collectively soar, much like those slow-motion frogs.

Ani brings a calming positivity and enthusiastic interest to all of her work with students at 826michigan programming, and we cannot thank her enough for that. She also jumps in (again not so different from those frogs) to the other projects that spring up around the Detroit Robot Factory like assembling Ikea chairs for students to sit in or pricing merchandise for the grand opening of the store. We are so excited to bestow January Volunteer of the Month to Ani Lekhi, a magical person with invested dedication to the students in our programs and rock star able to overcome any form of traffic she comes across.

 

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ThursdayDecember 2016

If there was ever someone who embodied the concept of “whistle while you work” it is our December 2016 Volunteer of the Month Eric Anderson. Eric is a robotier, (the esteemed title reserved for our store volunteers), during the Friday evening shift at Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. Not…

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TuesdayNovember 2016

Every literary organization and periodical has a style guide that they use to make grammar and editorial decisions. For instance, here at 826michigan, our style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style, which we all feel very loyal to. However, for this month, we are going to temporarily declare our…

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SaturdayOctober 2016

Do you ever have an enormous, looming project in front of you, the kind you can’t even believe you dreamed up, much less have plunged into? At moments, that’s what it’s felt like to be shepherding forward 826michigan’s plan to open our Detroit center. The plan was big. The plan…

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ThursdaySeptember 2016

Sometimes 826michigan feels like a magical place and it is tempting to chalk the amazing transformations that happen here up to an intangible, indefinable “magic.” The truth is that we DO know what makes magic real at 826michigan, and that is human connection (no offense, bots). This connection is made…

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MondayAugust 2016

Imagine a person with superhuman skills in an astounding array of fields, a person with an enormous heart, an ever-attuned and immensely strategic brain, and a deep well of generosity. What if this extraordinary human was a parent of two intelligent and hard-working 826michigan students? And what if she chose…

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FridayJuly 2016

A short detour here to set the stage for our July 2016 Volunteer of the Month, Cintia Huitzil, 826michigan MSW intern and Ph.D. candidate at the UM School of Social Work: Every year the 826 chapters from around the country get together for a staff development conference. As part of…

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FridayJune 2016

How could we possibly pick just ONE volunteer of the month when showcasing our Young Author’s Book Project? WE CAN’T! All five of these people were so critical to the first ever Young Author’s Book Project in Detroit that they all deserve this honor. And don’t all of the best…

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SundayMay 2016

  For the past school year, Kira Dallaire has taken on one of the longest and most-demanding internships we have: in-school intern. She was up to the challenge. No matter how many projects we throw at her, she catches and champions them in stride and style. Kira is a resident…

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FridayApril 2016

For the past year, magical Claire Stano has created a wondrous space in our writing lab on Wednesday evenings for our 6-8 year old writers. Each week, Claire thoughtfully selects a children’s book to read during a Wee-Bots Drop-in Writing session and builds a lesson plan around the story. Claire…

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