Writing Gallery

This is what we are all about! We are so very happy to share with you some of the best student writing from workshops, field trips, and tutoring sessions at 826 centers across the country. We also accept submissions by any students age 6-18. All writing can be emailed to submissions [at] 826national.org for consideration. Read on and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Chapter Spotlight: 826 Valencia

For the next few months, we'll be spotlighting the different 826 chapters and the amazing students participating in creative writing projects at each of our centers.

Up next we have an oceanic crew of authors from the Bay, the students of 826 Valencia. Questions (possibly) answered include: What is treasure? What kind of flowers do skunks like best? What other ingredients, besides chocolate, marshmallow and graham crackers, go into s'mores? Will Randy choose a bag of peanuts over his dream girl? What does a cat's name become when your little sister can't pronounce "Lucy?" Read on for your answers...

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2000 YEARS IN THE FUTURE
by Julian Kleppe

Have you ever wondered about the future? What will the world be like in two thousand years? I don’t know, but there are people who think about these things. I’m not one of them, which is why I called my friend Tracy Fieldestein. Tracy is a noted futurist. That is someone who writes and thinks about the future.
Read the entire piece...

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CRAZY S'MORES
by Alex Chin

One night I was roasting marshmallows. The fire was dancing with orange, red and yellow flames. My last s’more had been dark brown, had lots of mini mountains on it, and had crust like paper. The chocolate was half melted and the crackers had the perfect crunch. I decided to try a new way.
Read the entire piece...

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THE SKUNK
by Abigail Schott-Rosenfeld

The radiator and the washing machine sound like marbles rolling over bumpy floors, and the windows have little swollen cracks full of black slime; I hate to call it mold because then I would have to deal with it. One of the old-fashioned panes has a hand-shaped series of breaks spreading out from the corner of the frame. Some high school freshman threw a basketball at it. Now it’s covered with old clear tape so crisp that it disintegrates at a touch.
Read the entire story...

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MYLES STEARNS
by Myles Stearns

My name is Myles. Kinda boring, huh? My parents’ names are Kim and Jim and my next door neighbors’ names are Eve and Steve. I have a 12 year old sister named Emma and a cat named Meow. Meow’s real name was Lucy but my sister couldn’t pronounce “Lucy” so she said “Meow.” Read the entire piece...

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SELECTIONS FROM "FRISCOSWIM, PIZZINNER, SKAMISSION, GIRAFFEGHETI, SEEKSISTERS, & OTHER WORDS WE NEED TO WRITE ABOUT OUR SUMMER"
by all 56 students from 826 Valencia's ELL Summer Camp

Bleans: black jeans
Bovie: movie and book together
Catfunny: happy like a cat
Cerefast: when you eat cereal for breakfast
Coloreese: to color cheese with a marker
Dogger: dog who jogs
Dranc: to draw while dancing
Dratective: driver who also a detective
Read the entire list...

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HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH A PEANUT
by the Second Graders of Cleveland Elementary, San Francisco

Once upon a time, there lived a middle-schooler named Randy. Randy was a bully who was terrified of ants and loved to eat peanuts.

Randy’s love of peanuts was so profound that he longed for Kelly-Kelly, an 8th grader with a peanut shaped head and peanuts adorning her skirt and necklace.
Read the entire story...


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