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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The Tiger


Grade 1

The tiger He destroyed his cage Yes YES The tiger is out   Originally published in “They’re Singing a Song in Their Rocket” and “You Will Be Able to Say a Thousand Words”

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Cool Disco Dan


Grade 10

In my city, Washington D.C., the buildings that crowd our streets are often colored. They have been, at times, temporarily decorated in the bright colors of Shepard Fairey’s famous stencil of President Obama; or otherwise come to be part of the very fabric of the city – John Bailey’s mural of Marilyn Monroe in Woodley Park comes to mind, as well Byron Pecks’ icon image of Duke Ellington on the True Reformer building overlooking the U-Street corridor.

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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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