On November 18th, 2017, team School on Wheels participated in a march to end homelessness hosted by United Way of Los Angeles. Our team marched through the streets of downtown Los Angeles to protest along with volunteers, supporters and other nonprofits dedicated to eradicating homelessness.
This was a successful turnout that helped raise awareness for our mission and the plight of homeless children everywhere. We are very appreciative for everyone who supported us in this year’s march and contributed their effort to make this a memorable event. Thank you to everyone for your endless support!
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.”
Here is everything you need to know about Father’s Day which is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June.
According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion
Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are given to husbands.
A study done at the University of North Carolina found that in terms of genetic makeup, mammals are more like their fathers than their mothers. Even though we get the same amount of genetic mutations from our parents, we actually use more of the DNA we get from our dads. Knowing this information can help in the study of diseases. For example, the severity of a disease can be different if passed down from the mother or the father.
Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day. She wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children on his own.
Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day
Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Though Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be written as “Fathers’ Day,” the U.S. Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.
The First Father’s Day Card
One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
Roses for Dad
And you thought only mom deserved flowers on her special day! Father’s Day’s official flower is the rose. A red rose is worn in your lapel on Father’s Day if your father is living, and a white rose is worn if he has passed away.
The Origin of “Dad”
While the exact date that the word dad came into use is unknown, it is estimated that it began around the late fifteenth century. It is believed that it was simply derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgment of their father.
The best way we think to celebrate your Dad this year is to donate to School on Wheels in his honor! By sending a personalized E-Card on Sunday, June 18th, not only will you feel good helping a homeless child succeed in school through your donation, your Dad will know how much you love him on this, his special day of the year.
April is National Volunteer Appreciation Month and every year School on Wheels hosts appreciation events throughout Southern California. We invite our volunteer tutors and staff and get together to celebrate. It is a great opportunity for volunteers to meet each other and share stories about our students and their successes. School on Wheels volunteers are the best! They dedicate their time to tutoring homeless students and ask nothing in return. During these annual appreciation events, each Regional Coordinator awards volunteers who spend 100 or more hours volunteering with a Presidential Volunteer Service Award. This year we awarded 250 volunteers with this prestigious award. To see the full list of volunteers you can click here.
Above are photos from events hosted in Ventura, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Inland Empire.
School on Wheels is always in need of volunteers ages 12 and older that want to make a positive difference in the life of a homeless student. We work with school age children that are living in temporary or homeless situations and provide them with one-on-one tutoring, backpacks, school supplies and all the tools they need to succeed in school. If you have one hour a week or more to spare and would like to join our amazing volunteer team please consider applying to become a volunteer tutor with our organization today! You can go to our volunteer page here to find out more and apply.