After-school homework help opens on 9/29

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

Student Poetry


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.



So much depends upon 

the orange orange

the rain makes oranges rain

from the tall trees. 

Registration for summer programs

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

The Not-So-Bad Guys: "Telling the Other Side of the Story"- Writing Workshop


Ages 8-12

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!

Click here to register 

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.

Watch for falling gummy bears!

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?

Mike&Ike's thundersnow.

Mike&Ike's thundersnow.

"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