School on Wheels Press Contact
Sinead Chilton

For Immediate Release 




Here at School on Wheels we usually talk about our founder Agnes Stevens and all the great work she has done over the years for the homeless children that we serve.  Agnes is now retired, but there is a new Agnes in town!  Check out Student of the Month for our Skid Row Learning Center :


Agnes, 7th Grade. Getting into the acting field at any age is tricky. Agnes knows this and works everyday to achieve her goal. On her first day at School on Wheels Learning Center, Agnes wrote a paper about the time she was scammed by a talent agency. She did not speak of this in a negative light. She merely mentioned all the lessons she learned, and how she planned on working hard to get a real manager and agent. I could already see she was focused and wise for her age. Although she was behind academically, Agnes would come to the center and complete her homework without hesitation. Then she walked to the back area to practice monologues she printed off the internet. Practicing the monologues was an excellent way to improve her reading skills and her confidence. Seeing someone of any age with this much passion and motivation is enjoyable but seeing this in a teenager living in a homeless shelter is an inspiration! - Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

To read about our March Star Students from all over Southern California, please visit our website -  If you would like to read about the amazing tutors that help them every week, click here for our March Tutors of the Month




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
  •         (800-923-1100)
  •         Assistance in entering school
  •         Help in locating lost records
  •         Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children
  •         Two Learning Centers
  •         Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles,Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.


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Sinead Chilton


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