Last night, a group of Q folk attended 826 Michigan's Storymakers Dinner at Zingerman's Roadhouse in Ann Arbor. This is the third annual and it has been our pleasure to be involved from the start.
The guests of honor last night were Zayd Dohrn and Rachel DeWoskin (Ann Arbor native, Community High alum). They both shared their love for 826 and read excerpts from their own writings. My favorite part of the event is hearing from the students and parents who have been directly affected by the volunteers. Two students read their stories from 826's latest published work, “What to Call the Place I Call Home”, and were able to take in a room of cheers for their accomplishments.
Of course the food was fabulous, an Asian-inspired meal prepared specially by the chef of the Roadhouse. The company was wonderful. Our intern Thomas Hill did a fabulous job with the design materials. One woman shared that his invitation was the reason she was attending. The power of design, well done.
The evening ended with an amazing rainbow and sunset on our way out the door.
If you've never heard of 826, look them up. We are so fortunate to have the Michigan group. On top of the ongoing tutoring throughout the year, they put on so many fun and interesting activities for people to get involved in (your children, you if you're looking for a place to volunteer!) Check out this awesome video piece created by a group of kids at an 826 animation camp.
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