School on Wheels Press Contact
For Immediate Release
LAPD AND NONPROFIT VOLUNTEERS TO MARCH WITH HOMELESS CHILDREN IN COSTUMES THROUGH SKID ROW TO CELEBRATE HALLOWEEN ON FRIDAY, OCT. 31, 4:30 P.M.
School on Wheels' Skid Row Learning Center for Homeless Children to Host a Parade around Skid Row to Provide Underserved Children with a Safe Halloween Celebration
Who: Los Angeles Police Department officers, volunteers and homeless children from School on Wheels (SOW), a local nonprofit that provides tutoring for homeless children will march down Skid Row for an afternoon of safe trick or treating.
What: Halloween is a spooky scary time and children love to dress up and trick or treat around their neighborhoods. But this can be a tough time for homeless children, they don't have neighborhoods, they live in shelters, motels, cars and on the street. The children reside in areas that may not be safe to 'trick or treat.' To bring happiness and joy to children in need, SOW will host its 'Trick or Treat' Skid Row Halloween Parade on Friday, October 31st starting at 4:30 p.m. Escorted by LAPD and SOW volunteers, children will ask for treats from local businesses and community partners.
Located in the heart of Skid Row, School on Wheels' Skid Row Learning Center provides tutoring for 40-50 children daily from Downtown Los Angeles homeless shelters. The Center is a place for children to do their homework, study with a tutor, enjoy a snack and get to be a kid in one of the most desperate of places in the City.
All are welcome to join the fun. School on Wheels is accepting children's costume donations at their Learning Center located at 600 E 7th St. in Los Angeles.
When: Friday 31st October 4:30 - 6pm
Where: The parade will leave the School on Wheels Learning Center at 4.30pm from 600 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90023
(The parade will march down 7th and 5th and San Pedro to Spring Street)
Why: School on Wheels is the only nonprofit that provides education assistance to homeless children in Southern California. The organization strives to provide consistent support system to homeless students at a time of great stress and fear.
This year's goal is to provide one-on-one tutoring to more than 3,000 homeless students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The organization is always in need of volunteer tutors and mentors. To become a volunteer with School on Wheels you can apply online at www.schoolonwheels.org.
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 his or her 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
- Skid Row Learning Center
Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles,Orange, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
School on Wheels, Inc.