Delta Kappa Gamma Alpha Upsilon Chapter President Robin Williams and co-chair Penny Schopflin (both former La Canada Unified School District teachers) are shown above with school supplies collected by DKG Alpha Upsilon Chapter members for its fall donation to the School on Wheels program. This picture comes from a La Cañada Valley Sun article.
It’s National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, and a new report by the National Center on Family Homelessness found that child homelessness has increased to nearly 2.5 million children in the United States. That means that one in 30 children are homeless in our country, and the number is rising in a majority of states. The number of homeless children in California alone has increased to over 500,000.
These numbers and more are featured in an article from The Guardian, and you can go directly to the report by clicking on the link or image below:
Communities Struggle to Reach Homeless Students Living In the Shadows
More than 1.1 million public school students in the United States do not have permanent homes, according to data compiled by the Department of Education.
California has the highest rate of homeless children enrolled in schools anywhere in the country. Many kids live in the shadows — in cheap motels, emergency shelters, campgrounds and even cars, like James once did.
Ana Garcia is best known as an Emmy award-winning TV journalist and host. Ana is nationally recognized as a hard-hitting journalist with amazing skills at interviewing people in all sorts of tough circumstances. We thought she would be the perfect person to help us interview volunteer tutors, students and former students on Skid Row, for our soon to be aired, public service announcement. Ana was so struck by the homeless students she interviewed from Skid Row and the stories of success and struggle by former students that she decided to share her most unusual day. Thank you, Ana, you are a great friend to School on Wheels!
On Thursday, October 2, School on Wheels Regional Coordinator, Lisette Gaeta, was interviewed on KPCRadio.com for the show Volunteer in The Valley. Volunteer in the Valley is a weekly Internet radio show/podcast on KPCRadio.com, which is a student-run Internet radio station based out of Pierce College with the goal to be a community resource for local news, entertainment, social issues and more in the San Fernando Valley.
School on Wheels is featured in a Ventura County Star article about a $15,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund earlier this year. Grants like these, along with donations, help us reach more students in more locations.
Terrie Soto, School on Wheels’ Regional Coordinator for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, said she believes the nonprofit can have far-reaching effects on young people. “I really believe filling in the educational gaps will help them overcome obstacles in life and hopefully break the cycle of homelessness for these children,” Soto said. “And you can tell that everyone involved is doing it to help the homeless children in the community.”