(Michael and Victoria Gold show off some of the special backpacks that were donated to SOWMA to kick off their “Stuff the Bus” project.)

GOAL - Helping 1,000 Kids have a New Backpack to Start the School Year!

Over 300 backpacks were collected on Saturday June 14th to kick off our “Stuff the Bus” initiative that will help us reach our goal to ensure that 1,000 children impacted by homelessness have new backpacks on the first day of school. While most students are counting down the days until school is out, the Gold kids are counting the number of backpacks needed to reach their goal of helping 1,000 kids.  

On May 16, I had the honor of attending our first college student’s graduation ceremony. Kerenne Paul graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a degree in mathematics. Her family and I were in the audience; including her 97 year old grandmother who had come up from Maryland to see her granddaughter walk across the stage to receive her college diploma. Kerenne plans to work for a financial institution and pursue her master’s degree. Three of her siblings are also in college, on track to graduate!

Kerenne graduates

Lorenz, one of our Bridgewater State University Scholars, and I visited the NECN studio to see a live broadcast, meet news anchor Latoyia Edwards, and take a behind-the-scenes tour. Lorenz is a film major and hopes to do an internship at NECN next summer. He is currently in Morocco on a study tour with some of his classmates and professors. Lorenz received a 3.1 his first year at BSU and has joined five clubs on campus.  

Lorenz and Latoiya

In the same week that I attended Kerenne’s college graduation and accompanied Lorenz to the NECN studio, I had the honor of having dinner with our Tabor Academy student Elijah and his former tutor and mentor of two years, Margaret Ferrell, a cardiologist who helped Elijah apply to Tabor. While having dinner, Elijah talked about how he enjoys singing in the choir, playing squash, and living on campus with his roommate. He was recently recruited for the Tabor football team and has a 3.0 grade point average. 

Elijah and Margaret

Our mission at School on Wheels is to provide academic services and mentoring to help students achieve their full potential. Your support makes our students’ success possible! 

Thank you for being a part of our kids’ support team, ensuring they have the same opportunities as their peers to soar in life!

With gratitude,


Cheryl Opper received the Distinguished Service Award at the Bridgewater State University commencement ceremony on May 17, 2014.  President Dana Mohler-Faria presented the award to Cheryl for her 10 years of service at School on Wheels, providing academic support services and mentoring to over 1,700 children impacted by homelessness.
The students in our programs recently put on a puppet show all about germs and staying clean. We had read books at different reading levels about microscopes, germs, and being clean.  Then, the students wrote their lines for the show based on the readings.  We had soap, wash cloths, bubbles, toothbrushes and tissues for props.  At the end we sang the song "Brush your Teeth" by Raffi.  The students especially loved looking through the microscope at leaves, onions, etc.  The puppet show was a fun way to teach students about germs.  
This unit was part of our May enrichment, where students were able to participate in hands-on lessons about bacteria/germs, the concept of microscopic organisms, good hygiene, why we sneeze and how to fight germs.  The group consisted of a kindergartner, three first graders, a second grader, a third grader and a sixth grader.  The lessons included age and reading level appropriate reading and writing, and the puppet show performance included props and a song with direction by the older student.  

SOWMA currently distributes over 1,000 backpacks annually to our students in need, kindergarten through grade 12. 

Help us celebrate our birthday by doubling our goal to collect 2,000 backpacks. 

School on Wheels is celebrating its 10th birthday on
Friday, September 12, 6:30pm at Showcase Live, Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA.  
We hope you’ll save the date for our birthday party and
dance to the slammin’ sound of the Soul Ambition Band. 

Watch for details to come…

Since 2004, SOWMA has grown from serving 20 children on a $2,000 budget, to now serving over 225 kids a year, with 27 students in college and delivering 1,000 backpacks annually to kids impacted by homelessness. 

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