DeboraDebora is one of our students involved in our High School Plus Program; she is a previous graduate from Brockton High School and will begin her freshman year of college this September at Massasoit. She was one of the two girls who just moved into a new apartment with the help of School on Wheels of Massachusetts and Father Bill’s and Mainspring this week. She wishes to transfer to Stonehill College in the future to further her studies and hopes to one day be a doctor or surgeon.
We wish Debora the best of luck at Massasoit Community College!


What A Party
 

On Friday night over 300 people gathered at Showcase Live in Foxboro to celebrate School on Wheels' 10th birthday gala including 10 students in college and high school receiving services through our High School Plus program. Kerenne Paul, our 1st college graduate who graduated from UMass Dartmouth was our student speaker. Latoyia Edwards, an award winning broadcaster from NECN was the emcee for the gala. Over $100,000 was raised to support the education for students impacted by homelessness.

Cheryl Opper said, "It was a magical night. The whole room was filled with enthusiasm and love for our students. People are really excited to support our mission and our kids. They truly understand that our program is changing lives, and they want to be a part of it."


Cheryl and School on Wheels' Student Advocate for the High School Plus Program, Hannah Taverna joined our BSU Scholars and Michele Wakin for a luncheon with President Dana Mohler-Faria. 

BSU Scholars
We welcomed our 2 new scholars to the program: Sefora and Zachary. We are excited to announce that we have a total of 7 scholars. 
Thank you Siemens for supporting the education of children impacted by homelessness by donating $14,426.00 to School on Wheels through your Annual Charity Golf Tournament. We are extremely grateful for your continued support for our students who have no place to call home. Your commitment to make a difference for children and families in your community is changing lives!

Siemens Golf Tournament
Pictured above left to right: Linda Letellier Caring Hands Committee, Cheryl Opper SOWMA Executive Director, Betsy Wickland Caring Hand Committee.



10th Birthday Gala
Gala


School on Wheels celebrated its 10th birthday on Friday, September 12 at Showcase Live in Patriot Place, Foxboro, MA. Latoyia Edwards, NECN news anchor, enthusiastically emceed the gala for a sold-out crowd of almost 400 guests who came out to support SOWMA's mission to provide educational support services for children impacted by homelessness in Southeastern MA. 
 
High School Plus student Marc-Daniel Paul introduced his older sister Kerenne Paul, SOWMA's first college graduate, who shared her experience overcoming homelessness with the help of School on Wheels. The first in her family to earn a college degree, Kerenne now plans to pursue a graduate degree at the Harvard Extension Business School. Kerenne wowed the crowd with a beautiful a cappella rendition of "Happy Birthday," before turning the mic over to Founder and Executive Director Cheryl Opper, who thanked the guests and SOWMA team for their unwavering support of SOWMA's mission.  Cheryl then presented Dave Howe, President of The J. Derenzo Companies and Evolution Sports Performance with SOWMA's first "Champion for Our Kids" award. 
 
Following the program, guests participated in a spirited live auction which included two private dinners for 20 at The Farmer's Daughter in Easton, a "Farewell to Jeter" Red Sox package that included premium seats at the final game of Derek Jeter's career, and a "New York, New York" package including a portrait photo, dinner and one night's stay in New York City. Guests enjoyed passed appetizers and desserts from Cupcake Charlies, personalized celebrity People magazine covers by FUN Enterprises, and danced to the sounds of The Soul Ambition Band for the rest of the evening. 
 
The event exceeded the gala committee's fundraising goal, raising nearly $114,000! Opper was truly moved and thanked everyone for being part of SOWMA's 10-year history, saying "None of this would be possible without the ongoing support of our donors, supporters, volunteers, staff and students. We couldn't do what we do without you!"

Kerenne is now working as a program assistant for the Harvard Medical School.
 
Click here to read a transcript of Kerenne Paul's speech at our 10th anniversary gala.

View photos of our gala


School on Wheels HonorsDavid Howe
David F. Howe
at 10th Birthday Gala


David Howe, president and owner of J. Derenzo Company and Evolution Sports Performance, has been a true friend to SOWMA for several years. His support has been invaluable to our success in providing and increasing our services to children impacted by homelessness.


Thank you, Dave, for being a Champion for our kids!

The Boston Globe - September 2014
Easton Man Honored for Charity Work

Wicked Local Easton - September 2014
SOWMA's Decade of Service Celebrated at Gala

 

Jen With Backpacks


This month over 1,000 children impacted by homelessness in Massachusetts will receive a brand new backpack filled with supplies to start the school year! Jenn Gold, our Education Director, helped deliver backpacks to our students at our Norwell site, Friends of the Homelessness. Tomorrow night we will be delivering over 100 backpacks to the children in the Brockton motels.

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