June 2015





"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you."  - B.B. King  


It's June and for most teenagers, that means getting ready for prom, graduation ceremonies, a summer of celebration. And for seniors, it means all the anticipation and excitement in preparing for the start of college. It's not like that for the homeless high school student. For them, there is no SAT exam, no prom, no summer fun. The high school graduation rate for homeless children in California is less than 25%.  There are many pressing issues facing our nation, but surely preparing young people for success in life is one of the most critical. Education is the fastest path out of poverty -- the only way to achieve a more equal society. That's why we do what we do.


We work with thousands of children and teens. In this issue, you will read about the success of some of our homeless students; students who, against all odds, find the power within themselves to continue each day, to study and keep focused on learning. They are truly inspirational.


Brianna Audinett, a former School on Wheels student, has not only excelled in school; now she is heading to San Francisco State University. She also represented School on Wheels and homeless children as a member of the World's Children's Prize Child Jury.  The Child Jury consists of 15 children from all over the world who select the three final laureates for the World's Children's Prize.


School on Wheels gives hope and opportunity to graduating seniors through the Catherine McAuley Scholarship Fund. Josephine Bailey-McLein received one of our scholarship awards; she is heading to USC this fall. Allan Valencia, Emily Valencia, and Tatiana Obukhova also received scholarships


Our wish is to plant the seeds of hope, confidence and knowledge in our students. You, our amazing supporters, help us do that.


With deep appreciation for everything you do,


Catherine Meek
Executive Director 

In This Issue
Donor of the Month
Star Tutors
Star Students
Tutor Resources
Guinness World Record Challenge    
On Saturday June 27th, School on Wheels students, tutors, and supporters will attempt to set a world record for the Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Albert Einstein! Join us to have a blast while raising money for School on Wheels' programs to provide educational opportunities to homeless children. Who knows - your support might help someone become the next Albert Einstein!

Saturday June 27th, 9:30 - 10:30am
California Science Center,  700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Your registration fee will provide an Einstein wig and mustache for you to wear at the event as well as chances to win prizes!  
Donor of the Month 
Delmer Kallberg 

When Delmer Clarence Kallberg died in 2013 at age 98, he left $3.3 million to a number of Skid Row organizations. School on Wheels was fortunate to be one of those organizations and Mr. Kallberg's generosity will allow us to help more homeless kids than ever before. His legacy will live on in these students and in the thousands of volunteer tutors who come from all backgrounds and professions, with a shared goal - to reach out to a child, to teach, to mentor, and to assist in their educational life.


Create your own legacy by making School on Wheels part of your trust, bequest or endowment. A planned gift ensures the continuation of our landmark programs for thousands of homeless students in Southern California.

55% of American adults don't have a will or other estate plan in place. Read this article in today's Huffington Post and if you would like to leave your legacy to School on Wheels, please email Catherine Meek.

Star Tutor
Samantha Montes De Oca, Region 7   


In her own words: "I am 17 years old and currently a high school senior. One day I was searching different volunteer opportunities in my community when I stumbled upon the School on Wheels website. I knew right away that being a tutor for a homeless child was something I really wanted to do. Now that I am tutoring, my student Hailey and I meet every Wednesday; honestly, it's always the highlight of my day. Before we get started on homework, we always take a moment to talk about her day.  I've enjoyed not only being Hailey's  tutor, but also her friend and someone she can count on.  Becoming a tutor for School on Wheels was the best decision I ever made."


Thank you, Samantha, for being such an amazing tutor and a consistent person in Hailey's life. Hailey says it best with the following statement, "Samantha has taught me so much about everything, like how to think about an answer before I choose it. She is so nice, she's the best!" 


Click here to read more about our Star Tutors.
  Star Student

LeAna, 8th Grade


"LeAna arrives at the Skid Row Learning Center every day with her headphones in her ears and a dance in her step. A big fan of dancing, LeAna works hard to be a positive role model to her little brother as well as the other kids at the center. On multiple occasions she has helped tutor kindergarteners, completed administrative tasks, assisted with snack and still had the energy to supervise her brother on the commute to the shelter. She ensures that he safely gets on the bus and they make it to dinner in time. After a long day of commuting on the bus, multiple classes, after school tutoring, helping tutors at the center, and helping with her sibling, I can rely on LeAna to offer a warm hug and a big smile as she walks out the door."


- Allison Maldonado, Skid Row Learning Center Instructor 

Read more about our star students.
Tutor Resources

Summer Program

During the course of the summer, students and tutors will focus on a minimum of two topic areas to address academic gaps. The Summer Program will provide pre-assessments in order to identify these gaps, and will also provide lesson plans for K-7 grade levels, subjects, and topic areas. Read more about the program here.

Upcoming Workshops
Grow Your Mind - The School on Wheels 2015 Summer Program
Workshop date: Wednesday, June 10
Time: 12:00-1:00 PM
Building College Knowledge
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
12:00-1:00 PM
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