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CELEBRITY CHEF SURPRISES SKID ROW STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL BUS CAKE
WHERE: School on Wheels Skid Row Learning Center
600 E 7th Street, Los Angeles 90021
On Thursday, April 18th, Lindsey Sinatra, TV Celebrity Baker surprised School on Wheels students at the Skid Row Learning Center, with a huge cake in the shape of 'Bussy', School on Wheels' friendly school bus logo. Lindsey is most recognized for her appearance on two seasons of WE TV's series "Amazing Wedding Cakes" as well as her appearances on Food Network Challenge.
|"A Wish and A Whisk" Team|
|Lindsey Sinatra, Catherine Meek and School on Wheels Student|
The amazing cake was donated by Lindsey Sinatra, of "A Wish and A Whisk". Students, board members, staff and volunteers, as well as executives from Universal Discover a Star, at NBC Universal, enjoyed the 'rainbow cake'.
"Twenty years ago, almost to the day, School on Wheels was incorporated, or as Agnes Stevens, our founder likes to say, 'we got our papers'. This is the beginning of a series of events and celebrations to mark our twentieth anniversary. Thank you Lindsey (Sinatra), for making this incredible cake, it is fabulous! I am so glad to be surrounded by friends, board members, staff, volunteers and I would like to thank Universal Discover a Star, NBC Universal, for being wonderful, loyal and generous supporters and friends. I can truly say you have made a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless children. Finally, a special thank you to our students; you are the ones that matter and you are the reason that we are all celebrating today....don't eat too much cake!" - Catherine Meek, Executive Director
MAKING A DIFFERENCE SINCE 1993
School on Wheels, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher. After reading Jonathan Kozol's Rachel and her Children, Agnes realized the extent of homelessness in the USA. She began tutoring homeless kids in a park in Santa Monica, encouraging them to stay in school and participate in school activities.
Today, hundreds of volunteers work one-on-one with children whose homelessness prevents them from receiving the academic stability and help they desperately need. The heart of the School on Wheels' program is the volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal - to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and assist in their educational life.
The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. Their program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear. School on Wheels brings the message to homeless students that they are cared about and important. They do this by offering:
- One-on-one weekly tutoring with a volunteer
- Backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms
- A toll-free number for kids to keep in touch with us
- Assistance in entering school
- Help in locating lost records
- Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children
- Two Learning Centers, one located in the heart of Skid Row and the other in South Los Angeles
- Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
School on Wheels, Inc.