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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of children and volunteers received quite the surprise Saturday while attending a student appreciation party at the School on Wheels’ Skid Row Learning Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Bacon — who launched the non-profit Six Degrees to recognize organizations that are making a positive impact in the community — surprised more than 60 undeserved children during the party.
School on Wheels is a local non-profit organization that provides academic assistance to homeless children from kindergarten through 12th grade.
Their mission is to shrink the gaps in education and provide homeless children with the highest level of education possible.
In 2015, the program served nearly 4,000 students and has more than 2,200 volunteers.
On Friday, October 30, the boys and girls of the Skid Row Learning Center dressed as princesses and super heroes alongside many other characters to trick-or-treat around the center. School on Wheels partnered with local businesses surrounding the Learning Center who handed out candy to our students. 110 staff and volunteers dressed in colorful clothing including 72 students. In the Skid Row community where most children don’t get the chance to participate in the activities most kids love, our students were given the opportunity to join in the festivities of Halloween like any other child.
Check out the news coverage showing photos from the event!
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!