As promised HomeWalk 2019 was the best ever! Team School on Wheels turned up in force to walk and run to raise awareness about child homelessness. Over 200 donors, volunteers, staff, family, and friends donned purple shirts and joined the 15,000 strong HomeWalk march in downtown Los Angeles. Thank you to our kind sponsors for supporting this event and for our booth volunteers and cheerleaders. Thank you for representing the most forgotten and vulnerable members of our society. You did our kids proud.
Last week The Long Beach Symphony brought the Instrument Petting Zoo to our tutoring site at Century Villages at Cabrillo. Their volunteers explained how the instruments of the orchestra work, how they make different sounds, and how they fit into the orchestra as a whole. We are excited to continue in this partnership and expose more of our students to the potential of music!
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!
In order to support and raise awareness of the work that our volunteer tutors do every day we are excited to announce our new volunteer ambassador program! Ambassadors are volunteers that are taking on additional responsibilities to help build community amongst existing tutors, recruit new tutors, and raise awareness of our work. Like you, these ambassadors support School on Wheels because they are concerned about the well-being of children experiencing homelessness and they believe in the power of education to change their lives.
We had our program launch event on March 9th and we want to extend a very big thank you to Bunny James for donating snack packs for our ambassadors as well as to Children’s Institute for allowing us to use their beautiful facilities!
In 2018, our students accessed over 38,000 hours of digital learning! This year, to celebrate #DLDay2019, our Skid Row Learning Center participated in Hour of Code – a fun and interactive hour of computer science. Younger students got a visit from the PBS SoCal Kids Mobile Learning Lab and participated in developing their STEM skills through games and engaging hands-on activities.
Make a difference this Digital Learning Day! With your support, we can provide digital devices for our students, online tutoring support, digital after-school programs, wifi and hotspots for learning on the go! Visit schoolonwheels.org/digital to donate!
Homeless children who usually never get to see the ocean were treated to burgers and the beach for the “School on Wheels” annual trip. Kim Baldonado reports for the NBC4 News at 5 Dec. 18, 2018.