News and Events
December 2022

2022 Highlights


Some wonderful things happened at 826DC this year!

The students we serve, the teachers we support, and this fantastic community have made so much magic happen here in 2022. Sure, we’re ready for New Years’ Eve, but we can’t let the year end without celebrating some of the things that you have all helped make possible this year.

Here are some standout moments:

Students returned to After-School Writing Lab.

826DC welcomed students back for the first fully in-person sessions since the start of the pandemic.

You did a Half-Half-Half-Half-Half Marathon.

Runner-fundraisers and fans joined us in the sunshine for DC’s shortest, and most impactful, mini marathon.

Three wonderful magic-makers joined our team.

826DC was lucky enough to welcome (from left to right) Store Coordinator Daniel O’Brien, Director of Development Emma Pred-Sosa, and School Residency Coordinator Cai Rodrigues-Sherley this year.

Third and fourth graders teamed up for the Young Authors’ Book Project.

The Savoy Elementary writers have spent the fall learning about poetry and writing their own poems for a fantastic new book, which will be ready in the spring.

We published our second-ever anthology, In The Light.

This fantastic book includes 90 pieces from 107+ students, from schools all across the District.

In The Light cover

826DC got a new website.

We joined forces with website whiz Dave Kriebel! The updated is gorgeous, easier to use, and has all sorts of great new features.

Preview of new 826DC website

It was the first full calendar year of our new strategic plan.

Thanks to you all, we’ve been on a roll with this exciting plan! It’s amazing what a small nonprofit like ours can do with a solid blueprint for the future and supporters like you in our corner.

Strat plan illustrations

We started offering Saturday workshops again

We kicked things off with the “World’s First Potato Gallery” with comedian Melissa Gedney! Students made potato art and then used their creations to inspire short pieces of writing.

It’s been such a joy to support young authors with you this year. Will you help us start strong for 2023?

Donations of all sizes will help us hit the ground running for the year to come. There are so many stories to tell and so much to do, but we’re still at just 43% of our $40K goal for the end of the year. With your support, we know that we can get there, keeping these vital writing programs free and accessible for all of DC’s incredible young people.