****DARLINGS, THIS IS YOUR LAST CHANCE TO SUPPORT 826 AND ENSURE MY CONTINUING AFFECTIONS.****
So, yes, technically I am hampered by a lack of sufficient testosterone. But, family and friends, I assure you that such a small issue is not going to stop me: I am "growing" a moustache for 826 Boston’s Fourth Annual Moustache-a-Thon, a city-wide competition in which men and women alike grow moustaches to raise money for 826 Boston’s free writing and tutoring programs. You can't tell how widely I'm grinning in that photo, because the glory of my moustache obscures my mouth. If you have spent any time with me over the past year, you know that it's pretty much impossible to shut me up about 826 Boston and the amazing, incredible, fantastic work they do, and how happy I am to be a small part of it.
I will be the first to admit that I volunteer at 826 for very selfish reasons - after all, getting the first read of a story entitled "Super Sonic Brawls" about a boy who picks up his entire school and throws it to North Carolina is pretty special. Brainstorming about the possible problems robots made of chocolate confront is frequently the best part of my week (they'd need a ventilation system, so their gears wouldn't melt and malfunction). And there is little that's more satisfying than the moment a student grasps a difficult concept after a struggle.
The thing is, though, that 826 Boston provides these services (and more!) free of charge. There is no cost to the students, parents, or school district. That doesn't mean that 826 gets their glue, or rent, or pencils, or protractors for free. And so, my loves, this is where you come in: Not only am I asking for your moral support, I hope you will give your financial support. Even though my fundraising goal has been SMASHED, it doesn't mean you can't still give! Please help me continue to raise funds for 826 before the Moustache-a-Thon ends TODAY: just click “Sponsor Me” to make a donation.
Thank you, so much, for contributing not only to the vital effort to nourish and nuture children's creativity, but also to my own happiness.
A donation to 826 Boston means the world to our youth writers:
$3,500 allows us to publish a book of stories such as We Think You’re Old Enough to Know, written by our after-school students.
$1,000 is enough for one student to attend a whole year of after-school tutoring.
$500 pays for one student to attend our science writing camp, Fiddler Crabs, Millipedes, Leeches & Sea Serpents, Oh Yeah!, in the summer.
$250 pays for an entire class to learn storytelling and bookmaking at a field trip to 826 Boston.
Located in Roxbury’s Egleston Square, 826 Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching creative and expository writing to students ages 6-18, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Our services are structured around the understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.
Since opening its doors in 2007, 826 Boston has provided one-on-one tutoring to over 5,000 Boston Public School students and published their writing in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous original publications such as We Think You’re Old Enough to Know, a book of original coming-of-age stories by high school sophomores.