Got the beginning-of-school blues? Never fear! We re-open for FREE homework help on Monday, September 29th.
A few changes this school year: MOI will be open for homework help from 3:00 to 6:00PM as usual, but from 3:00 to 4:30PM will be high school drop-in time, while 4:30 to 6:00MP will be reserved for K-8 daily tutoring.
If you want to register as either a student or as a tutor, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our small poetry camp has made big strides! Check out their poetry compilation "Falling Oranges":
So much depends upon
black woods cover
cover in gray foggy
besides the red rough cake
So much depends upon golden sands
golden sands turn into mud
in a grassy field where crops grow.
THE RAINING ORANGE
So much depends upon
the orange orange
the rain makes oranges rain
from the tall trees.
We celebrated the end of a stellar academic year of tutoring on May 21st, but you don't have to stay away from MOI for too long! Our doors will still be open as we offer a variety of summer programs:
- We reopen for free homework help on Tuesdays in July
- July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th; 3:00-5:00pm
- In August, we're holding our first-ever Summer Poetry Camp for English Language Learners. Register for free to learn English skills in a fun, literary environment:
- August 4-8: Grades 6-11
- August 11-15: Grades 1-5
- Mon-Fri; 9am-12pm
- We'll continue to offer creative writing workshops this summer, such as "Writing Slam and Poetry Jam" and "Journaling as Time Travel." Stay tuned for an announcement of the dates for these exciting workshops!
To register for any of these programs (as a student or as a volunteer,) just get in touch with us: call 612-367-7827 or email email@example.com.
MOI-MSP is pleased to announce the launch of its first published collection of student writing! It's called "Kids These Days" and local artist Anders Nilsen did the cover.
100% of the proceeds from book sales go directly back into funding our high-quality, free programming for Twin Cities youth.
"Prologue: RSS Co.'s programming and brand is inspired by the 826 National franchise-style model. This spring, RSS Co. will become MOI -- bringing the tutoring and writing organization one step closer toward their goal of joining the 826 National Network. Having an 826 chapter here will be an incredible step forward for the local education and literary landscape."
Taylor Baldry's wrote a fabulous piece about our transformation from rock stars to ocean explorers on Pollen... check it out!
Don't adjust your computer screens! If you were looking for Rock Star Supply Co., you're still in the right place.
We are beginning our rebranding process to transition from Rock Star Supply Co. to the Mid-Continent Oceanographic institute. Enjoy the new logo, and keep an eye out for more sea exploration-themed updates and changes.
PROM to benefit Rock Star Supply Co.: May 17th, 10pm-2am
pre-party to be held from 8-10pm @ BANGbang Salon
Don’t you wish you had a chance to try your high school prom all over again? You’re in luck: Rock Star Supply Co., a non-profit writing and homework help center, is throwing a prom-themed fundraiser on May 17th at Blackbird Café in Minneapolis to support its commitment to offering free programming to under-resourced students in the Twin Cities.
Enjoy a night of spiked punch, photo booths, and music from DJ Fancy Restaurant. Now that you’ve moved past the awkward standing around of adolescence, take the opportunity to enjoy prom to its fullest. Be sure to dress the part: there’s a contest for flyest formal-wear, and you may even be crowned Prom King or Queen.
The party starts at Blackbird at 10:00pm and lasts until 2:00am, so don’t go looking drab. When was the last time you donned your updo? Stop by BANGbang salon at 8:00pm before the party starts get your hair and makeup done and enjoy some pre-prom champagne.
Cover: $12 at the door, $10 advance pricing
Suggested donation for pre-party at BANGbang: $25
Cover and all other proceeds go to benefit Rock Star Supply Co.
This event is 21+
Wednesday, April 16: 1:00-2:00pm, CDT
RSS Co., Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group and School Library Journal collaborating to host a worldwide webcast of a book talk by Andy Griffiths, the best-selling author of The 13-Story Treehouse and The 26-Story Treehouse.
We are honored to be hosting Griffiths in our headquarters for the broadcast. Griffiths will discuss humor, the creative process and all things children's lit with local elementary schoolers.
Register to gain access to the live-stream here and also enter for a chance to win a classroom set of "The Treehouse Series."
They're in! Check out this link for a full PDF download of our year-end report. A huge thank you to our wonderful supporters, volunteers, and board and committee members. You all are truly Rock Stars!
Shoutouts to Jeremy Wang, Chad Kampe, Jay Peterson and Noah Henscheid for putting it all together.
Check out the report HERE!
February 8, 2013; 1-3pm
What if the Big Bad Wolf just had a bad case of the allergies? And maybe Cinderella wasn’t so nice after all … just who was calling her stepsisters “ugly,” anyway? There are lots of “good guy” and “bad guy” pairings in stories we’ve all heard, and maybe the characters we thought were heroes haven’t been telling the whole truth. In this workshop, we’ll give villains the chance to share their side of the story!
Location: RSS Co. Headquarters 2388 University Ave W, Saint Paul, MN 55114
About the Instructor:
A New York native, Meghan Pipe is Rock Star Supply Co.’s Writing Workshop Coordinator. She holds a BA in Creative Writing from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and has a background in teaching and museum education.
Do you have homework? Do you want to help students with their homework? We reopen for FREE homework help on Wednesday 1/8. We can't wait to see you.
As always, email Ariel@rockstarsupplyco.org if you would like to sign-up to be a tutor or to receive homework help.
Rock Star Supply Co. will be closed for Winter Break. We will reopen for tutoring on Monday, January, 6.
By Auden, Grade 8
Picture by Josie, Grade 1
His name was Sammy, Sammy the snowman. I first made Sammy on December 8th.
A bright yellow scarf and a matching hat were his accessories.
So, you may be wondering why I’m talking bout a lifeless pile of snow in my
backyard. Well, that pile aroused on the day I wished for more friends.
“Thump, thump” went the ground as I was just waking up from my usual
nighttime struggle with insomnia. Scrap, thud, whaa. “What the hell could that be?”
I shouted as I threw on the first clothes I could grab: the floral T-shirt I wore the day
before and bright green jeans with a stain on the knee. I then ran downstairs and
opened the screen door with extreme difficulty on account of the broken spring.
There he was, a snowman, birch arms waving as he screamed with joy. My mouth
stayed closed, for I was not surprised. Many strange things have happened to me
over the years: I wished for a pet and a stampede of cows then ran through my little
town of Burksville; then I wished I could have any sweet I wanted, and a cookie
supply truck broke down on my lawn.
, 2013; he had two rock eyes and Junior Mint buttons and a pebble
“Hello?” I said, as calmly as possible. The snowman stopped in his tracks,
turned with his mouth still open and waiting for a shout, and then he did something
so surprising it even caught me off guard. He stuck out his two fingered hand and
said, “Hi, I’m Sammidor, but I call myself Sammy.” The next thing I remember is
waking up in the arms of an incredibly strong yet brittle-handed man. I looked up
and there were those two glittering rocks staring back at me.
“Ah,” I said as Sammidor, or as he calls himself, Sammy, put a finger to my
mouth and said in a slurry, calm voice that could make you fall asleep in an instant.
“Are you all right?” I was out of words, so I pushed myself out of his hands, hit the
ground with a pop, and backed up against the house. “Oh please don’t be scared. I
only want to make friends.” I then remembered my wish, the wish that brought
Sammy to me.
“OK, I’ll be your friend. Weeee, this is the best Sammy!”
“Yeah, riding on the back of a slab of ice is the best, I do it all the time.”
“But, I only just made you 24 hours ago!” I yelled as we slid between trees.
“Exactly,” said Sammy. We played like this for the whole, entire day and do
even more extreme sports filled with spectacular snowball fights.
“Ha ha, Sammy. You know what? I just had the greatest fun I’ve ever had.”
“Good, because I need to go now.”
“What?” I said with a little too much exasperation for an eleven-year-old, pre-
“I granted your wish.” Again I said, “What?”
“Every time a wish that is important to the well-being of a child is made the
urge to make a snowman forms in the child’s brain, and – poof - we come to life to
help you fulfill your dream.” This time my mouth was open.
“Well, will you be back?”
“Not at all?”
“But my wish is to have more friends, not just to spend time with a friend for
“So, welcome to Burksville, home of the hottest summer!”
We asked some of our after-school program students what they'd rather have falling from the sky for these past 24 hours of sleetish snow. Their answers...aren't surprising. Who wouldn't want candy falling from the sky?
"There it was showering down from the sky like hail. It sparkled like the jewels in my earrings. Can you guess what I'm talking about? Gummy bears! Delicious and scrumptious gummy bears. Ever since I put that red, cherry gummy bear in my mouth in first grade, I've been obsessed with the stuff. Why this candy? Duh they are the best candy ever, and they don't get that dirty when they hit the ground. Also, anybody can eat gummy bears. They're not too sweet, not too chewy, and not too...gummy. Now, excuse me, I have to go get an umbrella and a bucket to catch those falling bear. Goodbye!"
-Auden, grade 7
"If I chose what was falling from the sky it would be EVERY CANDY IN THE WORLD because I like every kind of candy in the world. But my favorite food is rice."
-Sumaya, grade 3
"One day I was playing outside with my brother and sister when all of a sudden a Mike&Ike fell on my head. Then I looked up and saw a ton of Mike&Ike's falling from the sky. I then ran inside to grab an umbrella to catch them in and I stood out there for the rest of the day. (WITH BREAKS.)"
-Evan, grade 7
As many of you know, 2013 has been a big year for Rock Star Supply Co. Since last November we have:
+ hired a full-time Executive Director
+ opened and furnished our brand new Rock Star Supply Co. Headquarters, which is open Mon-Thurs for FREE homework help
+ offered ten writing workshop sessions with Twin Cities authors
+ recruited over 60 tutors to work with 700 students at Roosevelt, Como and Wellstone School
+ hosted over ten outreach and educational events for the Twin Cities community in our new space
Looking forward, we have even bigger goals for the year ahead. But we can’t do it alone.
To help close the Achievement Gap in Minnesota, we need you to enter the equation and become part of the solution.
Circle your calendar for November 14th - Give to the Max Day. It’s an annual day of giving for MN nonprofits and a great opportunity to show your support for Rock Star Supply Co. A gift in any amount will be a huge help.
We appreciate your support.We want to raise $10,000 in 24 hours! We can do it with your help. Every donation up to $2,000 will be matched dollar-for-dollar.