Author: Sinead Chilton

Jun 9

10 Father’s Day Facts

Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day

Here is everything you need to know about Father’s Day which is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June.

  1. According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion
  2. Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are given to husbands.
  3. A study done at the University of North Carolina found that in terms of genetic makeup, mammals are more like their fathers than their mothers. Even though we get the same amount of genetic mutations from our parents, we actually use more of the DNA we get from our dads. Knowing this information can help in the study of diseases. For example, the severity of a disease can be different if passed down from the mother or the father.
  4. Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
  5. Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day. She wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children on his own.
  6. Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day
    Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Though Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be written as “Fathers’ Day,” the U.S. Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.
  7. The First Father’s Day Card
    One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
  8. Roses for Dad
    And you thought only mom deserved flowers on her special day! Father’s Day’s official flower is the rose. A red rose is worn in your lapel on Father’s Day if your father is living, and a white rose is worn if he has passed away.
  9. The Origin of “Dad”
    While the exact date that the word dad came into use is unknown, it is estimated that it began around the late fifteenth century. It is believed that it was simply derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgment of their father.
  10. The best way we think to celebrate your Dad this year is to donate to School on Wheels in his honor!
    By sending a personalized E-Card on Sunday, June 18th, not only will you feel good helping a homeless child succeed in school through your donation, your Dad will know how much you love him on this, his special day of the year.
May 3

Honor your Mom this Mother’s Day

Donate to School on Wheels today and we will send your mom or a mom in your life a card or email in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, 2017.

Donate $25 and we will send a personalized email –   Donate $40 and we will send a card in the mail with your personalized message.

The deadline for mailing personalized cards is Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.

May 3

Chelsea Handler – Netflix


Chelsea invited our very own Skid Row Learning Center Instructor, Allison Maldonado on her show to talk about why education is important and what we should be doing to help more students learn.

Chelsea asks her dinner party guests about the teachers who made meaningful impacts on their lives. From the nun who saved Mary McCormack from first-grade humiliation to the ethics professor who could’ve made Rashida Jones throw her own ethics code out the window – it’s safe to say that a good (or good-looking) teacher can truly make a lasting impact.

Here are a few sound bites from the show:

Education is the antidote to ignorance

Education is the great equalizer

I want to empower my students through education to break the cycle of homelessness and help them to feel powerful and to feel strong.

 

Feb 7

Tutors of the Month – February 2017

Region 1 – East LA:

Diane Lopez – Wanting to do something in the field of education, I would have never thought about tutoring homeless children. Sometimes people forget that homelessness is something that affects everyone, and children are not immune to it. I am so glad that I found School on Wheels because it fills me with such warmth that I cannot explain in words. Seeing my student smiling and growing in her studies keeps me wanting to make sure she gets the best tutoring I can give her. 

 

Region 5 – Hollywood, Silverlake, Pasadena:

Erna Taylor – I had just come out of an 8 1/2 year retail job at a scrapbooking store, and I was looking for something to do. School on Wheels caught my eye as an opportunity to work with children again. I had been a storyteller for many years, so this seemed perfect. I love words and books, and learning is very important to me. I also come from a big family, so working one-on-one with a child has been a great experience for both me and my student.

 

Region 6 – Inland Empire:

Deborah Myers – Education has always been important to me. Someone once told me, “Never stop learning,” and I took that message to heart. When I came across a notice for School on Wheels, it seemed like a perfect fit for my interests. I chose to work with high school boys in a group foster home. Even though their circumstances present a unique challenge, it’s especially thrilling when I can connect with a student to help expand his knowledge, and through education, help him to build dreams for a future.

 

Skid Row Learning Center:

Jesse Polen – Every Thursday, you will find Mr. Jesse sitting at Table 1 (a.k.a. Mr. Jesse’s Table). He takes on the tough but fun task of working with three or four 1st and 2nd graders at one time. Throughout this time, he not only helps the students complete homework but assists them in raising their scores. Mr. Jesse makes sure the sessions are fun, yet efficient, and is making a lasting impact on these children!

 

Online Tutoring:

Justin Helps – Tutoring with School On Wheels is a welcome change of pace after spending the work day in the world of adults. It is the highlight of my week. It is also very rewarding to see the understanding “click” for a student, and this has proven helpful to my work at Khan Academy. I’m honored to be involved with an organization like School On Wheels, which enables me to have this experience and know that the student benefits as well.

Feb 7

Students of the Month – February 2017

Region 4:

“Stephany (3rd Grade)  is such a sweet girl. She’s always one to give gifts, such as rocks, to show how much she appreciates you. She’s hesitant about learning or practicing, especially her multiplication tables, but always strives to do better. I try to make each lesson fun for her, and it really keeps her engaged. It is genuinely exciting to see her do her multiplication tables much faster now. I look forward to our next challenge. Diane Lopez–Tutor

 

Region 6:

David (10th grade) “I’ve been privileged to work with at least 30 students over the past year at a group foster home in Pomona, but David stands out. When I met him in May, he was quite small for his age and kept to himself, and the older students frequently picked on him. However, he did apply an effort to his homework, which was not true for all of the other students. To encourage student participation, I developed a study quiz game. David didn’t play in the beginning, but eventually, it became one of his favorite things to do during our sessions. It turns out that he is very good in math and spelling! This got the attention of the other students, and before long, they were trying to get David to join their teams. David’s confidence grew, and when he successfully graduated the program in November, I believe he left feeling better about himself and his future.” Deborah Myers–Tutor

 

Skid Row Learning Center:

Abraham (3rd grade) “Abraham comes in every day enthusiastic and exuberant. He gets his homework done and takes the time to help other students around him. Most days, it’s common to see multiple smiles at whatever table he’s sitting. A joy to tutors and peers alike, Abraham is the epitome of Student of the Month.”  Jesse Polen–Tutor

 

Online Tutoring:

Vincent (9th Grade)  “My son has really improved his grades a lot since starting his online tutoring and he has developed an outstanding attitude toward learning as well! Vincent looks forward to working with his online tutoring teachers, who are very patient and extremely helpful. He really likes computers now and spends his free time on Khan Academy, YouTube, and other programs and websites. He really enjoys learning.” – Vincent’s Mother

Jan 31

New Regional Coordinator for School on Wheels

Ventura Breeze

School on Wheels is happy to announce that after a long search we have a new Regional Coordinator for Ventura County.  Angie Allmendinger has joined the team and will be working from our Resource Center in Ventura.  Before joining School on Wheels Angie earned her M.A. in American Studies in Germany and taught High School English is rural Japan.

School on Wheels is always looking for volunteers who want to make a positive difference in the life of a homeless student.

We are looking for volunteers as the list of homeless children that need our help is growing.  We are predicting that the number of families and children experiencing homelessness will increase significantly this year due to the lack of affordable housing, shelters closing and new government policies.