School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA) was founded in 2004 by teacher and child advocate Cheryl Opper after reading a magazine article about Agnes Stevens, who founded School on Wheels of California.  Stevens began the non-profit after noticing children living on Skid Row who were not attending school.  

Cheryl was inspired to bring the one-on-one academic support program to Massachusetts for children struggling to stay on track and in school while experiencing homelessness.  She started SOWMA out of her home in Easton, Massachusetts, where she trained volunteers at her kitchen table and filled her basement with donated backpacks and school supplies. Community volunteers distributed school materials to 20 children living at two family shelters in Brockton, Massachusetts.  They then began tutoring the children weekly.  

Since the start of the 2020/2021 academic year, SOWMA has distributed more than 6,000 new customized, grade-level backpacks to children and at-risk youth living in 38 Massachusetts communities.  Trained volunteers provide one-on-one tutoring to 280 students at 18 program site locations from Boston to the South Coast.  Our Bridge Mentoring Program provides 
57 high school and college-age students with a volunteer mentor, who shepherds students through high school and onto post-secondary plans, including college, vocational training and jobs.

School on Wheels of Massachusetts is a private, non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization funded through the generosity of individuals, communities, business, corporations and foundations.

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