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SCHOOL ON WHEELS!
SCHOOL ON WHEELS GRANTED NONPROFIT STATUS
AUGUST 20TH, 1993
School on Wheels is celebrating its 20th Anniversary as a nonprofit organization. The group's mission is helping homeless children succeed in school. The organization kicked off its birthday year with a party for students living on Skid Row in Los Angeles, they are now challenging friends and supporters to become 'Record Breakers.'
The Guinness Book of World Records has given School on Wheels the thumbs up to create a new world record for the longest line of backpacks!
Join them by bringing a backpack and supporting SoCal homeless youth with backpacks for the start of the new school year.
2,000 BACKPACK GUINNESS WORLD RECORD
You can register on the day by bringing a backpack, or a suggested donation of $25.
The event is open to the general public.
WHEN: Saturday, September 7th, 2013
WHERE: Alumni Field, Pepperdine University, Malibu
TIME: 11am (PST)
HOW: Friends and volunteers will be making a chain of 2,000 backpacks that have been donated by sponsors in the shape of an 'S'.
Mayor Joan House of Malibu, and Ventura County Supervisor, Linda Parks, will be officiating and verifying the record challenge.
We welcome press and media to join us to witness this new Guinness World Record!
Please join School on Wheels, bring a backpack or make a $25 dollar donation and become a Record Breaker!
All record breakers will receive a FREE t shirt!
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.