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826 National Seeks Haikus & Stories for National Youth Literacy Day

826 National will celebrate National Youth Literacy Day on August 26th. In celebration, the literary organization will host an informal writing contest.

Writers can submit three types of entries, all revolving around the numbers 826: a modified haiku poem with three lines (eight syllables, then two syllables, and then six syllables),  a short story consisting of “82.6 words” or a news story comprised of 826 characters.

Here’s more about the event: “826 National will be publishing entries beginning August 22, 2011 in their online Writing Gallery. Authors of the organization’s favorite entries will receive a gift bag full of 826 National merchandise. Follow this link for full details.

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Kickstarter-Style Project Helps Students Pay for College

Want to support students in your community? Explore ScholarMatch, a venture that helps donors contribute to the college tuition of promising young students.

Here’s more about the site: “ScholarMatch is a website and service whereby potential donors can learn more about scholars who need assistance paying their college tuition–and by learning more about these extraordinary students, our hope is that potential donors will be more likely to support the educational goals of the scholars in their communities.”

The video embedded above features two ScholarMatch supporters: The Office actor John Krasinski and college freshmen Bianca Catalan. The site was founded by Dave Eggersnonprofit organization 826 Valencia. McSweeney’s tweeted this description: “ScholarMatch is like Kickstarter, but for students hoping to attend college.”

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