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.
Dressed in yellow from head to toe (literally), Ian Chan, Program Administrator for local nonprofit School on Wheels, completed the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday to raise money for the homeless children that School on Wheels serves. Chan was one of thousands who made the 26.2-mile trek from Dodger Stadium. to the Santa Monica shoreline.
Ian is running 52 marathons in 2017 to raise awareness about homeless children in California. The LA marathon was his 12th this year and Ian ran his personal best with a time of 3 hours, 19 minutes and 58 seconds. He placed 404th out of 18,864 finishers.
This is what Ian had to say about his experience so far:
“It was an incredible feeling being out there with thousands of fellow Angelenos. The love, the camaraderie, the support…just unbelievable. This was the first time I wore the full-body School on Wheels outfit for a full 26.2 miles, and I’m glad I finished in one piece! Why am I running 52 marathons this year? Over 300,000 children experience homelessness in California each year; this campaign is about giving agency and hope to a population all too forgotten and neglected. My legs are tired, my feet sore but my heart is full. Onward to the next marathon!”
In an interview with KTLA, Ian showed off his amazing costume and talked about the 3,000+ homeless children School on Wheels serves each year and the thousands of volunteers that help them get back on track with school and learning.
Want to help School on Wheels achieve our mission through advocacy?
In this webinar, our staff discuss the ways you can help to promote School on Wheels on social media and in your community. As a volunteer, you have a greater impact than you know! This workshop explains the various ways you can spread the word, advocate for homeless students, and encourage others to get involved.
About the Presenters: Lisa Pullins works as an AmeriCorps VISTA for School on Wheels as a Communications and Branding Associate. After receiving her Bachelor’s in Planning, Public Policy & Management, she shortly began working at School on Wheels in November 2016 to focus on capacity building for the organization.
Sinead Chilton has been involved with School on Wheels since 2004. She is responsible for marketing, media, branding and fundraising events. As the Marketing Director for School on Wheels, she has spent many years promoting School on Wheels and is also a volunteer tutor.