milca and nepthalieHaving once been homeless and on the receiving end of our academic services, sisters Nephthalie and Milca understand the importance of giving back and helping others in need. They also understand the importance of a higher education as a way to move beyond homelessness. Their dream while living in shelter was to attend college and one day work in the medical field. Through our High School Plus program, Nephthalie and Milca attended Massasoit Community College for three semesters and  transferred to Bridgewater State University, where they received the honor of being accepted into the Bridgewater Scholar Program.

The Bridgewater Scholar Program is designed to assist students who have demonstrated educational success and who are poised to make the most of the resources BSU has to offer, despite the obstacles of homelessness. Students go through the regular admissions process and are nominated, then selected as Bridgewater Scholars, a distinction that grants the student full financial support.

As a way to give back while attending BSU, both Nephthalie and Milca applied to and were accepted into the Bridgewater State University Study Tour Program, which gives students the opportunity to travel and volunteer abroad for class credit. Nephthalie visited Cape Verde for three weeks during her winter break, where she volunteered at a school that Bridgewater State University funded and built. Milca is currently in Tanzania for three weeks, also volunteering at a school to help children with their education.

School on Wheels opens doors to a world full of possibilities for our students. The combination of our guidance and resources, together with the students' hard work and determination, allows them to accomplish amazing feats. We currently have a total of five Bridgewater Scholars receiving full ride scholarships to BSU. Your support and community partners like Bridgewater State University make our work possible! Click here to read Nephthalie's own words about her trip.

Learn more about the High School Plus program.

One of our incredible college students, Nephthalie, who currently attends Bridgewater State University had the opportunity to visit Cape Verde on a community service trip. Here is what she had to say about her experience: 
tutor Become a tutor and help a child achieve success in the classroom and beyond!
School on Wheels of Massachusetts trains community volunteers for one-on-one tutoring with students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are impacted by homelessness.

To provide stability, the tutor meets with the same child each week to reinforce grade-level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's self esteem.

Tutors serve as mentors and positive adult role models for their students to help them realize their full potential.

In order to ensure that our volunteers are prepared when they begin tutoring, we have expanded the SOWMA Tutor Training. New volunteers must first take a two-hour Orientation which will familiarize them with School on Wheels and family homelessness in Massachusetts. After that, volunteers must take a three-hour Resource Workshop, which is a hands-on and interactive workshop that will familiarize them them with the learning resources at our sites, and give them strategies for having an effective tutoring session.
Volunteers who trained before August 2012 will be required to take the Resource Workshop before they begin tutoring.

We would love you to join the SOWMA tutoring team! For more information, please visit our website.
This year School on Wheels held three writing contests for the students at all of our program sites. Students were provided with a writing prompt and a few guidelines for each contest. The purpose of the writing contest was to provide students an opportunity to practice their writing skills. The contests were also designed to get student's excited about writing. Using their imagination and receiving assistance from their tutor(s), the students were able to create amazing stories. Below is a story that was written by one of our 5th grade students that we thought was wonderful!

Enjoy .... 3, 2, 1…. BLAST OFF! By Siomara Dias      

The Myles Family was up to the Challenge.  These industrious kids decided to raise $100 to meet the School on Wheels 100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE

This is a matching gifts program which asks 100 families to donate $100 to help our students receive the tutoring, mentoring and academic support they need.

sowma lemonade stand

What can you and your family do to meet the Challenge?

Hold a yard sale?  Do chores for neighbors?  Return bottles and cans?  This is a great opportunity for you to pay it forward as a family or as an individual to make a difference for kids in your backyard who have no place to call home. Your support allows them to move beyond their circumstances and achieve a brighter future!

Every dollar you donate will be doubled through the generosity of our seed donors, Jay and Claudia Weed. The experience of homelessness can set a child back emotionally and academically as their home life is in a state of chaos.  SOWMA helps children move beyond the experience of  homelessness.  Whether it is working weekly with a caring tutor or receiving help with a college application, children build confidence in themselves and their future. Sometimes school can be the only consistent thing for a child impacted by homelessness.  That is where the work of School on Wheels shines -  helping children succeed in school.

Your gift makes this life-changing work possible. 
Donate Now to our  100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE and help us reach our goal of $20,000. Every dollar counts!

The School on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on April 10, 2013 at the Maplewood Country Day Enrichment Center.  
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