Author: Sinead Chilton

Sep 14

LA Times – Rise High Wins $10 Million With The Help Of School on Wheels

Steve Jobs’ widow is giving two L.A. teachers $10 million to start a school for homeless and foster youth –

The new school, RISE, is designed around the needs of homeless and foster youth.
By Joy Resmovits

Click the link to read the full article in the LA Times.
http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-xq-winner-jobs-rise-20160912-snap-story.html

Sep 1

School On Wheels Staff and Students Surprised by Sporting Heroes

Over the summer staff and students were surprised by a visit from sports legends, Derek Jeter, Kevin Durant and JJ Watt.  These heroes are part of a campaign being run by American Family Insurance to celebrate courageous people pursuing their dreams.

Thank you to American Family Insurance for highlighting the work of our courageous staff, volunteers and students.

To read about the campaign and to watch more videos you can visit their website here: https://www.dreamfearlessly.com/dream-champion/

Sep 22

Yom Kippur – Joyful Thanks

Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar. We thought it would be fitting to give special thanks to all our donors, supporters, volunteers, staff, and friends that observe this special day.

Every year we receive thousands of backpacks and school supplies that are sorted and filled by congregations throughout Southern California.  Many temples, day schools and social action committees organize fundraising events for School on Wheels and the homeless children that we serve or offer their time and talents as volunteers for School on Wheels.

This day is the most solemn of the year for Jewish people; yet there is an undertone of joy that suffuses it, a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day. We are so thankful and filled with joy that we can consider the following among our wonderful donors and friends:

Temple Judea
Heschel Day School
Congregation Shir Amir
The Haupt Group
Kehillat Israel Early Childhood Center
Temple Isaiah Preschool
Congregation Tikvat Jacob
Burbank Temple Emanu El
Temple Ramat Zion
Temple Etz Chaim
Temple Beth Hillel
Congregation B’nai B’nai
Temple Isaiah (Golden Sun Kids)
Temple Aliyah
Hehillay Israel (Early Childhood Center)

 

Aug 1

August 2015 Newsletter

Dear Friends,

August is here and that means it’s back-to-school time. Were you excited to go back to school when you were young or did you want summer break to go on forever? Were you nervous going into a new grade? Did you worry about having the right clothes? I’ve been working with my student this summer and I see the stress he’s beginning to show as the new school year draws closer. Starting a new grade or a new school is tough for any kid, but for our students it can be painfully difficult — they may not have the new clothes their peers have, they may not have the school supplies they need, or any understanding from a new teacher. Most of them are starting from behind – typically two or three grades. What a painful situation for a kid to be in.

But school is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless children, a place where they can acquire the skills needed to escape poverty. And you, our wonderful donors and volunteers, help them understand how critical being in school and learning are. You can – and do – help close the gaps in their education. Whether you are tutoring every week or holding a backpack drive or donating funds, you are making a difference in the life of our most forgotten children. Where others don’t even acknowledge them, you reach out to help them. You validate them as the important persons they are; you encourage them to be the best students possible and most importantly, you instill hope in their young lives.

If you have any ideas and thoughts as to how we can help more of our students, please contact me at cmeek@schoolonwheels.org or (805) 641-1678. I would love to hear from you.

With deep appreciation,

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Catherine Meek
Executive Director

Click here to see more from our August Newsletter

Jul 26

Certificate of Recognition – State of California

On June 26, 2015 our regional coordinators Louis Mena and Marisol Farfan received this award from California Senator, Tony Mendoza.

In recognition of your support of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Program at Norwalk – La Miranda Unified School District.  On behalf of the 32nd Senate District I commend you on your exemplary leadership and commitment to improving the quality of life in our community.  Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students.
Best wishes for your continued success.
Tony Mendoza
Senator 32nd District

Listen to the radio interview with Louis here (starting at 11 minutes)