Despite the challenges of being homeless and living with her family in one room, Sam is determined not to let it impact her education. "If anything, she feels she needs to work harder to prove something to herself," says her tutor, Jennifer Gold. "Her academic success heightens her sense of self-worth and empowers her." Sam surpassed her required summer reading goal of 3 books, reading 8 including The Book Thief and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. 

Tutor Judy Levitt and student Rick-Stephane began their School on Wheels success story in July. Levitt began to tutor Rick-Stephane as soon as she joined School on Wheels. He is an eight-year-old third-grader with a zest for life and learning, who moved here from Haiti with his family following the 2010 earthquake.

Fall is always an exciting time at School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA), but especially this year as we opened four new tutoring sites, expanded to two new communities, and watched our number of students grow by 80 children. Last year at this time we had 120 students in kindergarten – grade 12 registered for our tutoring program; this year we have more than 200.

Justin and Andrew
Andrew Waldorf and Justin Shapiro have each been preparing to become a Bar Mitzvah for the past 8+ years. In addition to 8 years of Hebrew School and 10 months of individual tutoring, they have both selected the School on Wheels as the organization they will be working with to complete the community service component of their journey.

Lexi at SOWMA

Volunteering at School on Wheels was very interesting and very cool as well.  It was cool to actually meet the kids and give them their backpacks.  I loved seeing the look on their faces.  School on Wheels is a great place to make someone feel special.  When I left School on Wheels, I felt like I had made a difference in the world.  I wanted to stay there for hours because I felt so good.   I can’t wait to go back and help out again.

Lexi, 3rd grader

Louison
The first week at the Louison was filled with laughter and art specialists! Our children decorated their tutoring boxes and some had time to work on an “ABC around the world” game!  We are off to a great start.

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