This June the Caleb and Calder Sloan’s Awesome Foundation hosted a backpack stuffing event at this year’s Promax Conference, where attendees stuffed 2,500 backpacks full of school supplies for our students. The event was organized by the Sydney Paige Foundation, who sourced the backpacks and supplies and set up the event. A huge thank you to everyone involved, especially the School on Wheels volunteers and staff who helped unpack, unload, and reload the thousands of backpacks and school supplies – no easy task.
A special shout out to US Storage Centers – they reached out to us around community partnerships they wanted to build in anticipation of the opening of their new Compton location and the timing couldn’t have been better. The storage units they provided at their La Crescenta location for these backpacks was offered just in the nick of time. We are so happy to partner with an organization that supports our mission to provide children the educational support they need!
We can’t wait to start distributing these awesome backpacks full of supplies to our students for the start of a new school year!
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!