A Community Partner in Randolph

 

Randolph Savings Bank has given School on Wheels of MA (SOWMA) the opportunity to bring one-on-one tutoring services to underserved students in the Randolph area, by providing funding for SOWMA to open a tutoring site at the Randolph Community Middle School for its students who are experiencing homelessness during the 2014-15 school year. SOWMA delivered backpacks stocked with new school supplies to children at the start of the school year, and tutoring kicked off in early October.

Students like Mikayla, a sixth-grader working on a biographical writing project, benefited immediately from the new support she received from her own tutors, as well as others at the site.  Their encouragement boosted her self-confidence and helped her bring her work to a more sophisticated level as she prepared her written and oral presentation about singer Whitney Houston. Mikayla presented her work to her classmates with pride, and received the positive response that she deserved. Read Mikayla’s story.

Randolph Savings whole-heartedly supported SOWMA in bringing services to the Randolph community.  Says Richard Olson, Senior Vice President, Retail Banking, “The work School on Wheels does changes lives and the programs they provide—from their tutoring, to reading programs, to writing contests—all of those efforts are instrumental in helping children get back on track with education despite the obstacles of homelessness. We’re thrilled to partner with SOWMA on the opening of their new site at Randolph Community Middle School which will provide one-on-one tutoring to make a positive impact on the lives of Randolph families.”

There are no homeless shelters in Randolph; actually, many students experiencing homelessness and attending school in Randolph are living in other communities on the South Shore and must travel to Randolph. That is why, in order to serve the students going to school in Randolph, we chose to tutor at a Randolph school. The principal of the Randolph Community Middle School was very interested in piloting SOWMA’s program there, because the middle school had a large number of students experiencing homelessness during the 2013-14 school year.

Mary Briggs, SOWMA site coordinator at Randolph stresses the value of mentoring middle school students, saying “Students in this age group are at a particularly vulnerable age; one-on-one tutoring is a great way to support them emotionally and academically, and to help boost their confidence and provide the tools they need to carry them through to high school.” Our students use these tools to move beyond homelessness through their education.



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