Forget everything you know about high school prom-itchy dresses
and stifling cummerbunds, awkward boutonniere pinning, and that
time all your friends got to take a limo but you got stuck with
your grandma's Oldsmobile...
...Because 826CHI is
putting on ONE PROM TO RULE THEM ALL. This year's theme is
Promic-Con, so prepare your bodies for a night of absolute magic
via the shameless celebration of all things fandom. Mark your
calendars: Saturday, April 27th, from 8pm to midnight-and we've
secured the School of the Art Institute Ballroom.
Come dressed in all manners of fandom (or secondhand
formal-wear) for a night of cosplay, geeking out, silent
auctioning, caricature-drawing, raffling, (free) drinking, and
DANCING. Tickets are $40 for one, $75 for two, and $45 each at the
door, and includes a whole night's worth of free drinks and food
(scroll down to purchase). All proceeds from the event benefit 826CHI's free writing programs for
thousands of Chicago students.
It's been about a month since I
wrote about what's happening with our students at Golder
College Prep. Since my last post, we've been working mostly
one-on-one on the student's rough drafts. We've tried to work with
the same students every week and while there have been some ups and
downs, we've made a lot of progress.
Here's what I've learned:
We have just a couple of weeks left to tweak these stories
before they are published in a chapbook to be sold in The Boring Store
and events like the
Printers Row Lit Fest. This semester seems to have slipped
through my fingers; it seems like just yesterday we were putting
together the first
brainstorming O-Matic sheet. Overall, the stories are where
they need to be and I am incredibly anxious to see the final
Our students will take the ACT tomorrow, and I did my best to be
encouraging today. I remember that feeling in the pit of my
stomach, sitting in an unfamiliar classroom at 7 a.m. with a whole
day of bubbling in front of me. But they're smart kids and they've
been preparing for this every day since their freshman year. And on
a really selfish level, I can't wait to get their attention off the
ACT and back onto their amazing stories.
Alaina is the digital content editor at Chicago Parent. She lives in Chicago.
See more of Alaina's stories here.
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