In-school Projects

Every single day of the week, our staff and volunteers are working in area classrooms in Ypsilanti, Detroit, and Ann Arbor, helping support the writing teachers are doing with their students. Every in-school project is developed in collaboration with our partner teachers in order to best to supplement the writing curriculum. These projects can be lead by the teachers with volunteers providing additional support or lead by our staff and volunteers (or a combination of these!). Most in-school projects result in a final product, most often a small publication.


In-school projects are our way of bringing the magic and energy of 826michigan into classrooms in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. We work with our partnership schools and teachers to develop unique programs and workshops that best fit the needs of students, ranging from one-session workshops to multi-session publication projects. We also offer Dr. Blotch’s Family Writing Laboratory, a school-wide evening of family writing where families work together to complete a series of highly interactive writing activities.

In-school programs are designed for public schools and are completely free of charge for students, teachers, and schools. However, demand far outweighs our capacity, and we cannot serve every interested classroom.

To inquire about 826michigan volunteers visiting your classroom in Ypsilanti or Ann Arbor, email Program & Volunteer Manager Frances Martin (

To inquire about 826michigan volunteers visiting your classroom in Detroit, email Program Coordinator Sheena Crenshaw (

115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463