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.

Louison Family Center
"What an amazing night at the Louison!!!  There was a line of children following me to my car to help bring the bags in.  We had almost every student sign up for tutoring.  The kids sat in the living room with their bags and tore through them to see all the great things inside.  It was so awesome to see their smiles!"

Jenn Gold
Education Director


The Summer Reading Odyssey travelers enjoyed their journey this summer! The program set sail at four sites: Family Life Center, Louison, Rodeway Inn (formerly Quality Inn), and Lincoln Tech. About 50 students and tutors were on board for the trip. A wide variety of books were read, from Country Mouse, City Mouse to the Bluford High series.

Our thanks to the Ames Free Library in Easton for their donation. The children loved the books, and were thankful to their tutors for coming to read with them. Both students and tutors enjoyed the wonderful stories and warm weather. Says tutor Tracy Ciulla, "I wasn’t sure what kind of impact I’d have one hour a week; but one hour a week, when given on a consistent basis, is plenty of time to build a relationship. And once the relationship was built, the academic piece seemed to fall into place. It was often the best hour of my week. I always looked forward to my Tuesday nights!"

Will Shopping for Dorm Supplies

Will is going to FSU!!!

Will is going to Framingham State University this fall. He is excited to live on campus with his peers and play on a competitive Division III football team. He is ready to begin a new chapter in his life after experiencing homelessness as a teenager.

Will's family moved into a motel after losing their housing. It was at the Holiday Inn in Brockton that Cheryl first met Will, while delivering backpacks to kids in the local motels.

Will credits his new backpack from School on Wheels with changing his life. He said after opening his backpack and seeing all of his new school supplies including a scientific calculator, he decided to get serious about school. He also decided to play football for the first time in his life, which he found he was good at. Although he was homeless, Will was making the best of his situation. (read previous article)

Will is grateful for the support he received through our program, which provides college access and assistance for students who have been impacted by homelessness.

Cheryl Opper joined us as we kicked off our Yoga Math program.   The students connected yoga to school by learning how to focus and balance.  They then learned how to take those techniques and make symmetry yoga poses.  It was a great time had by all and we look forward to doing more YogaMath in future months.

We Need Backpacks for Our Kids!

School on Wheels will be giving out 1,000 Back to School backpacks in August. 

Our greatest need right now is for New Quality Backpacks for boys and girls grades K-4th and for girls 5th grade–12th grade. All Items Must Be New.

We've just received word that the first 400 backpacks will be matched by an anonymous donor!

Please also check out our Amazon Wish List!


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