Paddlestar Galactica

DC's only philanthropic ping-pong tournament is back for year SEVEN! Flex your table tennis skills and support free, award-winning literacy and literary programs for DC students.

Our Programs

help students of all ages write their own paths forward—and have fun doing it. At risk for a zombie apocalypse? We've got a writing workshop lesson plan for that. Running for Kid President? We can help a student craft her winning platform. From the serious to the silly, we're ready to create with you.

We Believe

that great leaps in learning can come from one-on-one attention and that building writing skills leads to future success. For our city's youth, 826DC offers these opportunities - right in the heart of the District of Columbia. Make magic happen with us today.

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Grade 10

Stop asking fools for acceptance when they are the ones who need guidance     Originally published in “Spit Fire”

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What it’s like to be Aleyahna (for those of you who aren’t)


First of all I’m tall Face strong Real different huh Speak my mind But that ain’t how they want me to be Stressin’ but ain’t nothing progressing But that ain’t how life’s supposed to be Everybody wants me to be this, be that But that’s not what it’s gonna be!

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A gift of any amount helps make our creative writing programs free for district students.

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Student Publishing

Publishing young authors is kind of our thing.

After-School Writing Lab

We want your homework. Seriously.

Field Trips

Creative and project-based fun.

Writing Workshops

Free workshops that foster creativity.

Reading All-stars

Saturday morning reading program.


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

Dos Oportunidades de Voluntariado

¿Hablas español? ¿Te interesa el voluntariado con 826DC? Tenemos dos oportunidades de voluntariado: PROYECTO UNO Fechas del proyecto: lunes: 28 de enero, 11 de febrero, fiesta de lanzamiento, 25 de enero Horario de clases: 9:10am-10:25am, 10:30am-11:45am, 11:50am-1:05pm 826DC se está asociando con estudiantes de quinto gradeo en la Escuela Primaria Bruce-Monroe en Park View durante su unidad de defensa, argumentos, y problemas.

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Exploring Editorial Writing at 826DC

Earlier this school year, 826DC After-School Writing Lab students worked alongside retired National Geographic Magazine Production Specialist Greg Luce on a five-week editorial writing project, inspired by the iconic magazine!

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