One of our high school students was recently surprised with an iPad,  graciously donated by Ellie Waal. Our student will now have access to the internet in his room, and can communicate by email, go to Khan academy, the IXL website, listen to music and so much more, he will no longer be stuck in the room with no link to the outside world.  He was so grateful to have this resource; it was heartwarming to see him grinning ear to ear!  Thank you Ellie!

Marcelo


One snowy morning, School on Wheels was surprised with boxes of brand new books and gloves from Center School in Easton. During the month of January, Janice Narsasian, a kindergarten teacher at Center School involved her students in literacy activities focused on the book, The Mitten by Jan Brett. 



Sadly, family homelessness is the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in our country. The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development reported that there were close to 5,000 families in emergency shelter in the fall of 2014. This is an increase of 25% from 2013. With family shelters filled to capacity, over 1,400 families are currently being sheltered in motels throughout our state. Keep in mind that this number does not include families who are: “doubled up, living in unsafe conditions, or sleeping in their cars,” reports the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.

 

For the third time in five years SOWMA was chosen to receive the prestigious Sun Life Rising Star award and three SOWMA students received the honor of being chosen as a “Rising Star” amongst their high school peers. This year’s winning student Jakensen Verdul, a senior at New Bedford High School, received a Sun Life $5,000 scholarship grant that will allow him to pursue his dream of going to college and earning a business degree. Jakensen will be the first in his family to go to college! In a Sun Life pre-game check presentation at a Celtics game in November Jakensen was surprised with a large check and a meet and greet session with one of his favorite basketball players former Celtics point guard, Rajon Rondo. Jakensen’s family and his tutors watched the Celtics game from a luxury box and received gifts of a new Sun Life tote bag to top off a night they will always remember!

Family Game Night

Sadly, there are close to 400 families experiencing homelessness across the South Shore that are calling a hotel room their temporary home. With family shelters filled to capacity more and more homeless families are living in hotels for longer periods of time. Each family shares a single room with a mini refrigerator and very little space to keep their possessions. The children are not allowed in each other’s rooms and the parking lot is their playground. School on Wheels of Massachusetts will be hosting Family Game Nights during school vacations in area hotels on the South Shore. Game night provides an opportunity for children and their families to socialize; relax and have some fun despite their circumstances and the cold winter days.

With your help, we've collected 400 new games to ensure each child has a game to take back to their room to play with their family. Our kids are thrilled to pick out a new game that belongs to them!

SOWMA's dedicated volunteers helped pack more than 400 Holiday Gift Boxes for the students we serve. We had amazing turnout of volunteers including individuals, families, schools, civic groups and businesses.

Still more volunteers, as well as SOWMA staff delivered the Holiday Gift Boxes to our children who are living in the shelters and motels.

Two girls at the Westgate Hotel in Brockton open and share their Holiday Gift Boxes. 


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