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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My White Lie

Kayla Edwards

Grade 4

My white lie got bigger and bigger. My white lie was that I ate the last cookie and said that somebody ate it.

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The Big Brown Mego Mansion

Shawnti Wade

Grade 4

My Brown mansion is Brown as it can be

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Make a Donation Today

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

Support 826DC

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.

In-Schools


Flexible and Teacher-Driven In-School Residencies.

What's New

Featured News, Press and stories from 826DC

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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We’re Hiring: Special Projects Associate

Join our growing team! 826DC seeks a thoughtful, visionary youth development professional to serve as our Special Projects Associate (SPA) to help support our grant-funded programming initiatives in 2019.

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Once Upon a Time

…in a land called Columbia Heights, 826DC supported local students with their writing skills and helped teachers inspire their students to write.

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Anne’s 826DC Volunteering Experience

Volunteers like Anne help 826DC make magic happen every day! Anne’s longtime commitment to our After-School Writing Lab students, her writing talents as a journalist, and the enduring kindness that she brings to the writing center are all part of what makes this a truly special place.

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