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Aug 31

An Audience with Pope Francis

On the eve of his historic visit to the U.S., students, staff and volunteers at School on Wheels had the distinct honor and privilege to be part of a live audience with the pontiff, to be aired in a one-hour special edition of ABC News’ 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4.

Pope Francis engaged via satellite with three different groups, including homeless men, women and children and those working with the homeless in Los Angeles.

The Pope was greeted with applause and cheers as he joined our group on a live feed from the Vatican. His words were filled with kindness and compassion and he listened intently to the stories from the audience as families and children told him about their struggles. One little girl told him she just wanted to have a house, and seeing her friends go through their front doors on her way to the shelter made her sad and ashamed about her family’s situation.

He expressed deep concern for homeless children and said that, “We all need a friend to help us through difficult times.” and that children in particular needed positive role models in their life.

We are proud to say that our volunteers are just that, positive role models in the lives of the homeless children we serve!

“Pope Francis is only the fourth pope to visit the U.S. and it was a once in a lifetime experience to be part of an audience with the pontiff,” said Angela Sanchez, former School on Wheels student and homeless children’s advocate, who was interviewed after the event. Catherine Meek, Executive Director of School on Wheels, added:
“I want the Pope to know that one in every 30 children – one student in every classroom – in America experiences homelessness each year. School on Wheels is helping homeless children in LA and throughout Southern California every day. It is not only a moral obligation of society but an economic imperative for these students to succeed in school.”

School on Wheels was honored to be part of the #audiencewithpope and we all left the event feeling a bit lighter on our feet!

For more information about this historic event you can check out ABC’s news link here – http://abcnews.go.com/International/pope-francis-holds-virtual-audience-americans-abc-news/story?id=33435436

Jul 22

Guinness World Record Event News Stories

  • Our official certificate from our previous Guinness World Record

On Saturday, June 27th, 2015, School on Wheels attempted to set the Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as Albert Einstein.” The event took place at the California Science Center. We created quite a stir as hundreds of people, dressed in white wigs/mustaches and suits, gathered to create a new world record. A huge thank you to our official time keepers and witnesses: Los Angeles Police Department Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph; Ron Rohovit, Director of Education of the California Science Center; Emily Hunt, Ventura Unified School District Science Teacher; and Benny Wasserman (Einstein lookalike, Author and Actor). We would also like to thank our event sponsors: Property Management Associates, Instantly, Southwest Airlines, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, Lynn Gardner & Paul Multari Charitable Fund, Principal Communications Group, Clothes the Deal and Goodwill.

“A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving.” – Albert Einstein

Founder of School on Wheels Agnes Stevens, who passed away earlier this year, loved Albert Einstein! Her reason was not only that he was a genius but that he had curly hair, like hers. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s presentation of the complete Theory of General Relativity to the Prussian Academy. In honor of Agnes and Albert, School on Wheels decided to attempt this record.

In 2013 School on Wheels created a New Guinness World Record for the longest line of backpacks by lining up over 2,700 in a row. We’re still waiting to hear if we are official record breakers this year but if not, our amazing team has the dedication and commitment to try again next year!  Stay tuned…

We were hoping to attract media attention with this event, but we weren’t quite expecting the global coverage it received. Please check out the news coverage below and thank you again to all our volunteers, students, staff, supporters and friends for making this event truly record breaking!

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