We would like to give a huge shout out to all of these amazing tutors who have volunteered with us for a year or more! We couldn’t impact the lives of thousands of children without you.
Eleven Years Frank Olvera
Nine Years Dick Bennett
Eight Years Linda Huddle
Seven Years Lauren Nguyen
Three Years Brenda Ramirez
Two Years Jamie Sarmiento
One Year Ximena Banuelos
Mary Ann Mailloux
April was a fulfilling month for School on Wheels! We received a generous grant from our donor of the month, The Eisner Foundation, committing to fund transformative intergenerational programs that address inequality and injustice. In the news, our students got to enjoy yoga at the USC Athletic Department with USC Football Community Service Award Winner Zach Banner and Uprising Yoga! Also, the program administrator here at School on Wheels, Ian Chan, ran the Los Angeles Marathon to raise awareness for the homeless children that we serve, watch the video here.
Karen Mooney – Last summer, I was looking into local non-profits for volunteer opportunities. I was excited to find School on Wheels. The website information sounded exactly right for me, and my daughter, a social worker, expressed high regard for the organization. As a retired elementary school teacher, tutoring allows me to use my experience in a worthwhile way. I get to do what I know and love, helping a child gain some needed skills and confidence that will lead to reaching her potential.
Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:
Audrey Hsu – Over the summer, I looked up organizations that I could donate the proceeds from my ring and pin business, Audcessories, to, and after some research, I found School on Wheels! Their goal of helping homeless children fulfill their academic endeavors peaked my interest, and I knew that was the organization for me. I decided to both volunteer as a tutor with them and donate the money to help out in two ways.
Dave Lindqvist – Initially, I thought School on Wheels was simply just a nonprofit organization that couples tutors with homeless children. Instead, I have realized it is trying to solve a bigger picture than that. I believe School on Wheels wants to stop the perpetual motion of homelessness by nurturing the importance of establishing educational accomplishments and milestones in our youth especially within the underprivileged.
Region 8 – Ventura County:
Alexandria Taylor – After becoming aware of the growing number of homeless children in California, I decided to find a way to make a difference. I came across School on Wheels and immediately grew attached to the underlying premise of the organization. Education is important to me, and I believe that with the attainment of knowledge, one is provided with an opportunity to accomplish anything. My experience has been very fulfilling.
Region 5 – Hollywood, Silverlake, Pasadena:
Chris Klein – I have always believed it is important to give back to those less fortunate than yourself. School on Wheels has provided me an opportunity to put this philosophy into action and I have enjoyed every moment of the experience. One of the most rewarding parts of being a tutor has been seeing my student’s academic ability and confidence improve. He has visibly become more motivated to learn and continues to surprise me with his determination to fulfill his goals.
Skid Row Learning Center:
Peter Banachowski – When people find out I volunteer they always say, “How selfless of you”. I see it opposite, “Selfless?! This is selfish baby”! I tutor because I have a passion for mathematics I know not many hold, and I enjoy injecting it’s beauty and usefulness into others. Every human is both teacher and student, and every week I’m excited to go back and see what the kids will teach me in exchange for what I teach them. It is an exercise of my simple belief that if you want to save the world, educate it.
Esther Seo – I live in Alaska and I have been an online tutor for almost 2 years now; it has shaped the person I’ve become. I have learned how to be more patient. I love seeing students progress in their learning, and become smarter and smarter with each session. Despite the hardships of grasping difficult concepts, my students always persevere and seeing this inspires me. With each tutoring session, I realize how grateful I am to be able to see the impact that I have on education.
Vyctoria (3rd Grade) LOVES online tutoring. When other students are absent and cannot attend their online tutoring sessions, Vyctoria is always ready to jump in! Some of Vyctoria’s favorite things to do with her online tutors include reading stories, solving math puzzles, drawing and playing hangman! Vyctoria’s thirst for learning is contagious. Go Vyctoria! – Skid Row Learning Center
Skid Row Learning Center:
Jasmine (6th Grade) is a creative, imaginative, hardworking 6th grader who’s love for reading rivals our huge love for her! Jasmine has merged her love for reading and her creativity to make a fantastic Harry Potter pillow. Jasmine just celebrated her birthday and we want to wish her a fantastic Happy Birthday! Jason Wright–Skid Row Learning Center Specialist
Trinity (1st Grade) loves to draw. About this masterpiece, she said, “It’s me picking flowers in the rain. I like rainbows and flowers and the sky because it’s a pretty blue.” She also likes reading books, especially if they are funny or silly. Trinity sometimes has to work hard on a new book. But it’s worth the effort when her (toothless!) smile appears with every word that is correctly sounded out. It’s so fun to hear Trinity read a book she has practiced and mastered. The pride in herself can be heard in her voice as she reads. Karen Mooney –Tutor
Helen (3rd grade) What I like most about Helen is that she is a steady learner. She might not understand a concept at first but she can easily build up her knowledge as I ask her increasingly harder questions. This will be very important for her in the future when she is exposed to more challenging topics. I’m very confident that she will keep learning and have a bright future. Goooo Helen!
Alexandria Taylor – Tutor
Jeremiah (6th Grade) While I am tutoring Jeremiah, I can say that he is tutoring me how to be patient, calm, and creative. During our sessions, Jeremiah has shown me to be surprisingly empathetic, humble, attentive and hardworking during our studies. And to my amazement, he’s quite an artist too! He had drawn me a Pokemon as a gift, which has constantly reminded me how awesomely rewarding it is to commit an hour of my week to tutor a child like Jeremiah. Dave Lindqvist– Tutor
Caylee (7th Grade) I have only worked with School on Wheels for around 4 months, but in those 4 months, I was able to see my impact on Caylee, my student, as well as find my passion for helping people. Caylee is wonderful to work with, she is always eager to learn, and I enjoy tutoring her and seeing her progress.
Audrey Hsu – Tutor
Joshua (10th grade) is a very self-motivated and determined student. When I first started working with him, his biggest issues academically stemmed from a lack of organization and a tendency to rush through his work. Since then, he has improved in both areas and has been able to maintain passing grades in all of his classes. I look forward to continuing to work with him and am confident that he has a bright future ahead of him! Chris Klein – Tutor