In the News: 'NCIS: New Orleans' stars, Dave Eggers, donors at youth writing center benefit

By Ann Maloney, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on May 20, 2017 at 8:22 AM, updated May 20, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Imagine you're 10 years old and you open a book to see your name and your own writing in print. That's an experience that many of the 3,500 children who have passed through Big Class, a literacy and writing program, have had.

Now, Big Class wants to double the size of its program, create a new brick-and-mortar New Orleans' Writers Center in the 7th Ward and morph into a chapter of 826 National, a network of organizations founded by author Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari.

Read more:
http://www.nola.com/society/index.ssf/2017/05/big_class_benefit_draws_ncis_n.html

Author Dave Eggers chats with students Nia Gates, Akilah Toney and Amaya Smith at a benefit for New Orleans's Youth Writing Center Thursday (May 18) at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. (Dinah Rogers Photo)

Author Dave Eggers chats with students Nia Gates, Akilah Toney and Amaya Smith at a benefit for New Orleans's Youth Writing Center Thursday (May 18) at the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine. (Dinah Rogers Photo)