Last week, former School on Wheels student and current World’s Children’s Prize Child Jury member, Taree Mayfield, attended the 2019 awards ceremony in Mariefred, Sweden. The jury consists of children from 15 countries who are experts in the rights of the child through their own life experiences as, for example, bonded slaves and displaced children from conflict zones. He helped introduce one of the laureates at this year’s ceremony and also shared his experiences at a school assembly in Norrköping and in an impromptu gathering on a sidewalk in Stockholm!
Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels, accepts the John Simmons Memorial Award presented by Dorothy Nasatir of Sunair Children’s Foundation at their recognition lunch on Saturday, November 2, 2017
On Sunday, October 22, 2017, School on Wheels was honored at The Good Shepherd Shelter’s 40th Anniversary Gala with their Champion Award. Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels, was presented with the award. You can watch her acceptance speech here.
School on Wheels has been providing tutoring services to The Good Shepherd Shelter for over 10 years and recently opened a digital learning room at the site. This is what they had to say about our partnership:
“As you can imagine, with the turmoil of a violent household, many of our children who enter our shelter program are below grade level and often have emotional, behavioral, and learning disabilities. We wouldn’t be able to address the unique learning needs of our students so effectively without the ongoing support from School on Wheels tutors who offer after-school support to our students including a homework club and other enrichment activities. In addition to receiving tutoring support, which helps them significantly improve their grades, our students also create a meaningful relationship with the volunteers they work with daily and build a great deal of trust towards them. It is our pleasure to honor School on Wheels with the Good Shepherd Shelter Champion Award for all the tireless and much-needed work they do for our students.”
In honor of Volunteer Appreciation Month, a group of our volunteers were awarded with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Here are a few photos of the tutors who received awards. To see the full list of award recipients click here
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.
Senator 32nd District
School on Wheels beat the world record for the longest line of backpacks. With help from volunteers, military personnel, and Pepperdine Students we lined up over 2,700 backpacks.