Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish Calendar. We thought it would be fitting to give special thanks to all our donors, supporters, volunteers, staff, and friends that observe this special day.
Every year we receive thousands of backpacks and school supplies that are sorted and filled by congregations throughout Southern California. Many temples, day schools and social action committees organize fundraising events for School on Wheels and the homeless children that we serve or offer their time and talents as volunteers for School on Wheels.
This day is the most solemn of the year for Jewish people; yet there is an undertone of joy that suffuses it, a joy that revels in the spirituality of the day. We are so thankful and filled with joy that we can consider the following among our wonderful donors and friends:
Temple Judea Heschel Day School
Congregation Shir Amir The Haupt Group
Kehillat Israel Early Childhood Center
Temple Isaiah Preschool Congregation Tikvat Jacob
Burbank Temple Emanu El
Temple Ramat Zion
Temple Etz Chaim
Temple Beth Hillel
Congregation B’nai B’nai
Temple Isaiah (Golden Sun Kids)
Hehillay Israel (Early Childhood Center)
Assistance League of Santa Monica member volunteers gathered on Wednesday at the Chapter House to fill 420 backpacks with age appropriate school supplies, which includes notebooks, writing utensils, and other materials, as well as a hygiene kit including deodorant and toothbrushes. These will be distributed to local students in the fall before classes resume.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the League has supplied non-profit organization Schools on Wheels with 935 backpacks!
This summer, Kelly Washkewicz, Caprial Koe, and Alia Koe continued their tradition of donating school supplies to School on Wheels. These generous 11th graders have been using a creative method to support School on Wheels every year since they were in middle school – each summer they set up a lemonade stand and use the profits to buy backpacks and school supplies for our students!
The first donation was in 2011 and consisted of about $400 worth of backpacks and supplies. Their business took off in the following years, growing to a $2,000-value donation this year! The boxes of school supplies came just in time for the upcoming school year. They will be taken to local shelters and group homes where children need materials for school, as well as to students’ first one-on-one tutoring sessions. Thanks to Kelly, Caprial, and Alia’s creative thinking and dedication, hundreds of homeless students won’t have to go without the backpacks and school supplies they need during the next year.
To make your own donation of school supplies, visit our Student Wish List and buy a few extra items when you’re doing your back to school shopping. Or think outside the box like Kelly, Caprial, and Alia and start a fundraiser or school supply drive of your own!