Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Accepts Friends of Young Writers Award at 826 Boston's Night of 1,000 Stories

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Accepts Friends of Young Writers Award at 826 Boston's Night of 1,000 Stories

HMH recognized for its longtime financial, in-kind and volunteerism support of the 826 Boston Writing and Tutoring Center
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Friday, June 14, 2013 - 11:15am

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Last Wednesday, June 5, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt was awarded the prestigious Friends of Young Writers Award at Night of 1,000 Stories, 826 Boston’s signature annual fundraising dinner. 826 Boston is the local chapter of a national nonprofit that gives voice to students by developing their self-expression skills through writing and storytelling. For several years, HMH has provided 826 Boston with financial, in-kind and volunteerism support, largely thanks to the passions and efforts of employees who believe in their mission.

Last November, during HMH Volunteer Week, nearly 20 employees from our Trade and Reference Publishers division engaged in a “storytelling field trip” at 826 Boston’s facility in Roxbury, Mass., where they worked with elementary- and middle-school-aged students to write and produce their own books. Last December, local employees and members of HMH’s Boston Community Investment Council organized a music, food and crafts fair to raise more than $3,000 for 826 Boston. And on several occasions, 826 Boston classrooms have received colorful donations of children’s and young adult books published by HMH. HMH will also donate $2,500 worth of books to the organization as part of our Night of 1,000 Stories sponsorship.

President of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade Publishing Gary Gentel, pictured here with Editorial Director Julia Richardson and a trio of 826 Boston scholars, accepted the Friends of Young Writers award on behalf of HMH at last week’s event. “At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, we thrive on fostering passionate, curious learners,” Gary remarked. “We do this by publishing some of the world’s best authors—like Margret and H.A. Rey, the creators of Curious George—and by supporting education efforts—like those of 826 Boston—in the communities where we live.”