Month: March 2017
We had a great start in March with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ventura where students and their families got to ride the bus in the parade. Thank you to Ventura County Credit Union for sponsoring School on Wheels during the event. This month we also had some amazing star students and volunteers. Ashley, who is in third grade, was quiet and evasive in the beginning. Over time, Ashley has become quite the young academic! One of our star volunteers, Nargis Saidzadah, has been with School on Wheels for almost a year now. In her own words: “It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made to join such a beautiful community.”
John Elmo Garcia
Emily Roche Herrera
After School Programs
School on Wheels, Los Angeles, CA.
Catherine Meek, Executive Director
Approximately 2.5 million children in the United States experience homelessness each year.
That’s one in every 30 children, one in every classroom, one too many. School on Wheels provides academic tutoring to children living in shelters, motels, cars, group foster homes and on the streets in Southern California – and anywhere, anytime learning is essential in reaching these children. School on Wheels provides homeless students stability in a time of stress and transition and helps them achieve educational success so that they may break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. CML’s Tessa Jolls interviewed Catherine Meek, School on Wheels Executive Director:
Tessa: Let’s talk about School on Wheels and the growth that you’ve been experiencing – serving 3500 children in six counties is really phenomenal.
Catherine: School on Wheels was founded in 1993, and our mission is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless kids. We don’t serve all homeless kids according to the “McKinney-Vento Act” definition; we serve the kids who are the most transient, those who live in shelters, motels, group foster homes, cars, campgrounds and on the street. McKinney-Vento covers kids who are doubled-up or tripled-up, that is, children who share the housing of others. We work with kids who move around all the time, those with the highest mobility among the homeless population. Because they move a lot, they miss a lot of school. And our goal is to shrink the gaps in their learning.