February 2015




When we developed our three-year strategic plan at the end of 2011, we established an ambitious and audacious goal to double the number of students we tutor. And with your help, encouragement and support, we did! 

You made last year the best yet for School on Wheels and all our students. 3,129 homeless students in Southern California were tutored by 1,816 volunteers in 2014! We awarded scholarships to 12 outstanding students, presented the prestigious President's Volunteer Service Award to 167 remarkable volunteers, provided backpacks, schools supplies, uniforms, bus tokens and computers to over 6,000 homeless kids, and you, our kind and very generous friends donated over $1.5 million in gifts.

We can only accomplish this work because of you. With one in every 30 kids homeless in America, we have much to do. It's easy to get overwhelmed with the magnitude of the numbers, but we can't forget that each of those statistics is a child, a child who is scared and lonely and falling behind in school. You provide a critical benefit to that child, one that literally has the power to change the course of her life. You enrich and make a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of homeless children.
With deep gratitude and admiration,


Catherine Meek
Executive Director 

In This Issue
Star Students
Star Tutors
Donor of the Month
In The News
New Year, New Look 
We hope you enjoy the new look of our e-letter!  Please share it with your family and friends.  Each edition will feature star students and tutors nominated by staff members. We will also include a donor of the month, as well as all our latest news and events.  Tutor anniversaries will be highlighted on our blog page and if you are an active tutor, education and training news will be included in your weekly emails. Through monthly e-letter our ever growing team of tutors, supporters, applicants and volunteers can stay informed and up to date!
Please contact us if you have any suggestions or content for our monthly e-letter!

THIS WEEK ONLY - Enter to win two Southwest Airlines round-trip tickets just in time for a getaway with your Valentine!
Tickets are one for $20, two for $30. All of the proceeds go to School on Wheels, so spread the love this Valentine's Day by entering to win!
Click here to learn more and enter.

Santa Monica Bay Women's Club
6th annual Valentine Making and Music Appreciation Event
Saturday, February 7th from 10 am to 3 pm
Make your own valentine while enjoying great live music! All proceeds donated to School on Wheels.
The Santa Monica Bay Women's Club is located at 1210 4th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Santa Monica parking structure #1 is just south of the club. Phone (310) 395-1308.
Click here to learn more.
  Star Student
Bruce, 10th grade 
"I have
been teaching Bruce math for over a year now. He's enthusiastic, polite, smart, and very intelligent.  Although our tutoring sessions are generally held in a busy place, Bruce manages to stay focused. He's always on time and walks in to tutoring with a big smile. His smile brightens my day and makes me forget about my busy day. He has
excelled so much since we started. He is one of my star students. In his free time, Bruce likes to play basketball and go to the library. I see a great future for him. It is a real pleasure having the opportunity to tutor him."
Laleh Dallalnejad, Burce's Tutor
Read more about our star students.
Star Tutor
 "People often consider young adults who volunteer as "nice," but I don't see it as an act of kindness. I see it as a privilege and I am blessed to be able to help someone. I love seeing improvements in the students, and I love seeing that kids treasure education at a young age."  
- Katheryn Cauich, Region 5  

Click here to read more about our Tutors of the Month.
Donor of the Month

Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards, the host of the TV morning talk show Good Day LA, generously offered to match donations made through his Facebook campaign in December. Thank you so much to Steve and friends for your generosity! They raised nearly $30,000 for School on Wheels.
Click here to visit his Facebook page and give him a thumbs up! 
In the News
Bob Morris and Paradise Cove Do it Again! 

December 22 2015  

Long time supporters, Bob Morris and Steve Dahlberg, hosted their 14th annual holiday party for School on Wheels' students. And, as always, it was a huge success!  Bob and Steve really pull out all the stops. The lunch is delicious, the staff (many of who donate their time) is extraordinarily kind and supportive, and the children, some of whom have never been to the beach, just jump off the buses and run into the water.

The event is supported by the local Sheriff's Department and Malibu Firefighters. Santa Claus arrived by fire truck! A huge thank you to everyone who made this day so incredibly special for our kids.

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