Revolution’s New England team welcomed in the summer by spending an afternoon helping out at 826 Boston’s summer camp. 826 is a national, non-profit organization of centers that help students with expository and creative writing while also providing homework help and in-school programs during the school year – all free of charge. 826 is also committed to publishing the work of its students, which it does through The 826 Quarterly, student newspapers, professionally made compilations, and more.
After taking in the unique retail experience of the Bigfoot Research Institute, with unofficial Yeti Hairballs, among other items, we had a lively orientation session and then began working with our students. To start, we helped them through an interactive lesson on energy with Alka-Seltzer and bouncing rubber balls. Armed with the knowledge from this lesson, the students then proceeded to design film-canister rockets, which we went outside and gleefully launched together. The students had a blast and couldn’t tell enough people how high their rockets went. We had an equally great time as volunteers; one instructor remarked at how smoothly 826 integrated us into the activities, which were “well thought out, well run, and clearly enjoyed by the kids.”
To learn more about 826 Boston, visit www.826boston.org/