I'm sure most of you have driven past or stopped inside the charming 826 Seattle Greenwood Space Travel Supply Company. If you haven't made it in yet, you're in for a treat.
826 Seattle and it's shop are offshoots of a project co-founded by one of my favorite authors, Dave Eggers (author of the fabulous Zeitoun--if you haven't, READ IT). The project originated in Valencia, San Francisco, and provides free volunteer (sometimes by very famous and notable writers) services for kids in all of the writing and literature arts. In-school programs, writing labs, workshops, field trips, student publishing and after-school tutoring are just a sampling of what 826 offers to kids of all ages and economic backgrounds. In fact, our own 826 Seattle was recently awarded a 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities by Michelle Obama.
The sweet shops, on the other hand, help to fund all of these wonderful free services for kids. 826 spans eight cities, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Ann Arbor, Washington DC, Seattle and Boston. Each shop has an adorable "theme" and if you've ever had the opportunity to step inside one of these shops, you will be able to attest to the magic of it. Themes range from Pirates to Robots to Space Travel to Bigfoot. Check out more info at the 826 Official Website.