The Myles Family was up to the Challenge.  These industrious kids decided to raise $100 to meet the School on Wheels 100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE

This is a matching gifts program which asks 100 families to donate $100 to help our students receive the tutoring, mentoring and academic support they need.

sowma lemonade stand

What can you and your family do to meet the Challenge?

Hold a yard sale?  Do chores for neighbors?  Return bottles and cans?  This is a great opportunity for you to pay it forward as a family or as an individual to make a difference for kids in your backyard who have no place to call home. Your support allows them to move beyond their circumstances and achieve a brighter future!

Every dollar you donate will be doubled through the generosity of our seed donors, Jay and Claudia Weed. The experience of homelessness can set a child back emotionally and academically as their home life is in a state of chaos.  SOWMA helps children move beyond the experience of  homelessness.  Whether it is working weekly with a caring tutor or receiving help with a college application, children build confidence in themselves and their future. Sometimes school can be the only consistent thing for a child impacted by homelessness.  That is where the work of School on Wheels shines -  helping children succeed in school.

Your gift makes this life-changing work possible. 
Donate Now to our  100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE and help us reach our goal of $20,000. Every dollar counts!

The School on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on April 10, 2013 at the Maplewood Country Day Enrichment Center.  
From a recent article in the Sharon Advocate/Wicked Local

Cottage Street Students

Did you know that there are 50,000 homeless children in Massachusetts? And, the average age of a homeless person in the commonwealth is eight years old?

The children of two classes at the Cottage Street School in Sharon learned these facts from Cheryl Opper,  the founder and executive director of Schools on Wheels MA.
tutorIn October of 2010, Nathan Hand, who at that time was the Vice President of Development of School on Wheels in Indiana posted a blog with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  In this article, Educating Homeless Children, Nathan examines the anatomy of a movement.  He points out the people recognized a need and had the courage to address that need.  As Nathan pointed out "Homeless children are possibly the most vulnerable population in our country."
This article is a follow-up to a previous article outlining the HH Richardson School's  3rd Grade Community Service project.  It turns out that the students ended up collecting 1,350 books during their recent book drive for the School on Wheels "Summer Reading Bag Project" !  
School on Wheels of Massachusetts hosted our 2013 Family Game Nights over the April Vacation week.  Families were invited to come and play a variety of educational games. At the end of the night, each family was given a new game to take back to their living space. To make this possible, School on Wheels conducted a Game Drive.  Our community rose to the occasion donating over 360 brand new games for the families living in three of the temporary housing motels in Brockton. Donations came from individuals, schools, organizations and various groups, such as the employees of Crescent Credit Union.  The Village Toy Shop in Easton had offered a 20% discount for games purchased for our drive, in addition to their own generous donation of games.
Game Night 2013
Our families enjoyed the activities very much.  The students really enjoyed playing the games with their families and with the SOWMA volunteers. They were very excited to be able to take the games back with them, too.  One young boy came running over to one of the tutors to ask "Is this game really for me to take?"  He hugged his box tightly and ran back to his mom to report that, yes, the game was for him to take with them to play as a family. Our volunteers also enjoyed the activities quite a bit.  The just loved getting to play games with the kids and have some time to talk with and get to know the families.

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