September 2015




Sometimes I get very angry, sometimes sad, sometimes despairing as I think of all the homeless children we see every day. One in every 30 children in the U.S. experiences homelessness every year - that's one student in every classroom in America. Why is this not a national crisis discussed by every political, religious, education and community leader in this country? Why does the media not talk about 2.5 million homeless kids? Is it too overwhelming to consider? Too hard to talk about? Too shameful to acknowledge?

I don't have to tell any of you, our loyal and generous volunteers, donors and supporters, about the heart-breaking issue of homeless children. You are there for them every day, giving them the tools they need to succeed in school, the consistency of a mentor and positive role model, the hope we all need to survive. That's a lot. Now I am asking you to take one more step: shout out loud for homeless kids. Make your family, friends, neighbors, colleagues, political representatives, baristas, Uber drivers, understand the magnitude of this problem. Talk about how education is a critical link in breaking this terrible cycle of homelessness. Tell them about our students and how challenging their lives are. They have no power and no voice, but you do.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you do for our students. You are making an enormous difference in their lives.

With deep appreciation,
Catherine Meek
Executive Director 
In the News
Audience with Pope

On the eve of his historic visit to the U.S., students, staff and volunteers at School on Wheels had the distinct honor and privilege to be part of a live audience with the pontiff, to be aired in a one-hour special edition of ABC News' 20/20 on Friday, Sept. 4. at 10pm PST.

There's more! Click here to read more from our Audience with Pope Francis. 
Donor of the Month
Entertainment One

We are very grateful to have received a generous donation of 1,250 backpacks from Entertainment One. Also, thank you to our volunteers for helping fill backpacks all week. We appreciate you very much!
Star Tutor
Tsuyoshi Johnson

"...Through the years I've found that most children have the necessary tools within them to be successful in school. However, there are so many kids who are in circumstances that are not conducive to such success.  We are all born into certain situations without a choice in the matter... About four years ago, I decided to tutor.  I enjoy it very much and find that, in working with kids, they are able to get my mind off of my daily responsibilities.  It's like they have a magical way of turning me into a kid again."
Want to read more from our awesome volunteer tutors? Click here and be inspired by their stories!
Star Student 
Dontavion, 10th grade 
"I nominated Dontavion for Student of the Month because he is an energetic and motivated student who always comes to our sessions with a smile on his face. He's funny, ambitious, and brings new perspectives to every discussion we hold. His dream is to become an actor, and his hard working nature and positive attitude will definitely help him achieve his dream!" 
Mathangi Suresh, Tutor

Each of our students inspire us every day. Click here to see why! 

School on Wheels is pleased to announce that we have been certified by Points of Light as a Service Enterprise! A Service Enterprise is an organization that fundamentally leverages volunteers and their skills throughout their organization to successfully deliver. This opportunity will impact our organization greatly.
Upcoming Events

Step Forward Day
On Saturday,September 12, students from Pepperdine University will be helping School on Wheels as part of their Step Forward Day by hosting a Yard Sale at their office in Ventura. All proceeds to benefit School on Wheels. 
When: 8 am- 12pm
Where: 83 S. Palm St. Ventura, CA 93001

HomeWalk 2015
On Saturday, November 21, School on Wheels will participate in the United Way HomeWalk 2015, a 5K walk to end homelessness in LA County, in Exposition Park. More information to come on how to register and join our team!
Tutor Resources
Online Workshop: Bringing EdTech to Your Tutoring Session
Thursday, September 17 @ 12:00 pm
Curious about using technology in your tutoring but aren't sure where to start? This workshop will show you how!

Click here to learn more and join your fellow volunteer tutors! 
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