Tag: success story 2017

Aug 13

August Newsletter 2017

It’s August, which means back to school is right around the corner. A huge thank you to all of our wonderful backpack donors of the month, including Temple Judea, Sage Publishing, and Frances Martinez, who donated backpacks and school supplies to help our students get ready for the upcoming school year. Volunteer, Katy Michaelis, shared with us her story about how she went from not only being a tutor but a huge cheerleader for her student, Sunny, as well (read the story here). A huge shout out to Q95.9 FM and Katherine Murillo for inviting us on their morning show and hosting a school supply drive for our students.

Jun 7

Student Becomes Tutor

In 2003, Tony was in 5th grade and struggling to learn a new language as well as understand his math homework. His family had moved to the United States from Vietnam.

Tony was matched with a School on Wheels tutor and remembers breaking down one day because of the stress of it all. His family had been evicted, and they were living in their car. He was struggling with school and was feeling overwhelmed. What his School on Wheels tutor said in that moment stayed with Tony and became his mantra: “It’s going to get better. You can get past this. It’s not going to be like this forever.”

Fast-forward to 2017, and Tony is about to graduate from Cal State Fullerton with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies. His biggest challenge – learning to speak English – became his biggest achievement! With gratitude to School on Wheels, Tony is now training to become a volunteer tutor, wanting to pass on some of the positivity he received when he was 10 years old and homeless.