The 2016 Ride 

Team SOWMA had a spectacular day joining 1,000 riders under sunny blue skies as part of the 26th Annual Rodman Ride for Kids in Foxboro, MA on Saturday, September 24th.

We are so grateful to Team SOWMA and our volunteers who continue to make a difference for our kids!  The 50-mile bikers included our devoted Risk Strategies Team Members Michael Christian and Ed Marshall.  Also cycling 50 miles were Robin and Andrew Daniels and Sarik Goyal.  The 25-mile Risk Strategies SOWMA team included Zoe Hellwig, Carley and Shawn Berry and Valerie Marshall.  Special shoutout to Neal and Russell Opper and SOWMA board member Dennis Harkins, who rode 25 miles for the 9th consecutive year!  Virtual riders included Angela Geso, Robin Gilbert, Jennifer Knowlton-Randall, Kelly Miranda, Cheryl Opper, Sharon Beals and Lauren Hanson. 

The Rodman Ride for Kids is an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations like SOWMA that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to have every child in our community live as we would want our own children to live. The Rodman Ride for Kids will top the funds we raise with a 5% match.

This year SOWMA's goal is to reach $210,000 for our kids and it's not too late to help! Help us reach our goal by donating to Team SOWMA by November 30th!  

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The 2015 Ride 

We had another beautiful day for the 25th Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 26! NECN Evening Anchor Kristy Lee emceed the event. Twenty-seven riders, 3 virtual riders and 13 volunteers joined Team SOWMA to help support School on Wheels students.

Our phenomenal Team SOWMA rode 25, 50, or 100 miles, or conducted virtual rides to raise over $28,326, to support the education of kids impacted by homelessness. We have until  November 30 to reach our Rodman Ride goal!

We are grateful to our riders, who are making a difference for SOWMA's kids: Beth and Katie Abreu; Michael Christian; Mark D'Aiello; Rachel and Joshua Dubin; Leslie Emack; Asa Fanelli; Mary Catherine Finn and Bruce Ring; Michelle, Drew and Michaela Fitzgerald; Kimberley and Amanda Francescon; August Gangi; Sarik Goyal; Dennis Harkins; Jay Hart; Anthony Huynh; Janet LeBlanc; Ed Marshall; Karen and Ryley McNeeley; Neal Opper; Russell Opper; Jonathon Pike; Lori and Christina Prew; and Rufus Ward. Cathy Adler, Joseph Bator and Jenni White participated as virtual riders.
And a big thank you goes to Risk Strategies, who contributed $7,500 to the Rodman Ride in support of SOWMA's kids!
Rodman ride LogoSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kidsan umbrella matching gift charity raising funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride’s mission is to help every kid in our community live as we would want our own kids to live. With the Rodman Ride match, 106% of your gift will support the education of SOWMA’s students.

The 100 Families Challenge is our annual spring outreach to support the educational needs of our students.  By raising $100 in creative ways, families and individuals share in the joy in providing one-on-one tutoring, customized backpacks and school supplies and college assistance to children, teens and young adults impacted by homelessness.

Our 100 Families Challenge is generously matched up to $10,000 by Claudia and Jay Weed and Family.  The Weeds are longtime supporters of our mission and their generosity is a testament to their unwavering belief in the role education plays in stopping the cycle of poverty.

Every Dollar Donated Will Be Doubled from May 1 - June 30, 2017:

$5 becomes $10

$100 becomes $200 

$10,000 becomes $20,000 for our kids' education!
Every dollar raised, up to $10,000, by June 30, 2017 will be matched by The Weed Family.

A special message from our generous donors, Claudia and Jay Weed:

It has been our honor to support School on Wheels for the past thirteen years. Investing in education is the wisest and most fulfilling action we can take.  We have seen first hand how effective the one-on-one tutoring program is as we have marveled over the countless heartwarming success stories. When we donate to School on Wheels we are 100% certain that every cent will be used thoughtfully and effectively to make a beautiful, lasting improvement in the lives of children. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

—Jay and Claudia Weed

Every Dollar Donated through june will be Doubled!

You may donate online or mail a check, payable to:

School on Wheels of MASSACHUSETTS
100 Laurel Street, Suite 121
East Bridgewater, MA 02333.


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100 families challenge


Steve Greene, Chairman of the Board for W.B. Mason, Inc., accepts the Champion for our Kids award while students quietly line up    behind him to surprise him and give personal thanks for making their college dreams a reality.

Open the Door Gala

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We exceeded our goal and raised more than $130,000.00 

Thanks to YOU!   

It's with heartfelt gratitude that I thank those who made this memorable evening a reminder to us all that together we can and will continue Opening Doors for children and youth experiencing homelessness - one child at a time. 

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of our board, staff,  volunteers and especially our kids, I thank you!

Warm regards,

Cheryl Opper

You are the key that opens the door... a child's future 

An evening of tribute, jazz and dining

~ live and silent auction ~

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6 - 10 p.m.

Showcase Live

23 Patriot Place
Foxboro, Massachusetts


  SOWMA's Spectacular Gala Emcee

Brian Shactman, NECN
Emmy Award-Winning Journalist



2016 "Champion for our Kids"
Steve Greene 
Chairman of the Board
W.B. Mason Co., Inc.

Presented for his decade-long loyal and heartfelt generosity in Opening the Door for thousands of children and youth impacted by homelessness throughout his community.  

Inspired by  


A student whose perseverance and drive led him from homelessness and personal adversity

through the doors of Brockton High School and on to Bridgewater State University's Scholar Program.

Hear his story!



Lisa Yves

Internationally-renowned jazz vocalist sang with aspiring and inspiring young students for an unforgettable night of entertainment.  Her new song "School on Wheels," written and produced by Lisa, was introduced and performed at the Gala.

With deep gratitude to our anchor sponsor   

 W.B. Mason

    • Your commitment to our students' education opens doors for the hundreds of children we serve each year in our community who are impacted by homelessness.

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Rodman Ride for KidsSchool on Wheels is proud to be affiliated with the Rodman Ride for Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity which raises funds for youth-focused social service organizations that support at-risk youth in Massachusetts. The Ride's mission is to help every kid in our community live as we would want our own kids to live. 100% of your donation directly benefits SOWMA through the Ride for Kids. When our fundraising goal is reached, we will receive an additional 5% match on all Ride donations.

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 Run the Race ~ Walk the Walk ~ for our Kids!
5K Run or 2.6 Mile Walk

Saturday, April 29th
DCR Borderland State Park


Run, Walk, or create a team 



8 a.m. Registration  ~  9 a.m. Start 

DCR Borderland Sta
te Park 
259 Massapoag Ave.  Easton, MA 02356
Directions Here



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 Join us March 25, 2017 for some HOOPla! 

Click here for information THE 2017 SOWMA 4ON4 TOURNAMENT

Travel over

Saturday, March 25th

for the 7th annual

"4 on 4" Basketball Tournament 

to benefit children in your community impacted by homelessness.

Check in -  9 a.m. Game start - 10 a.m.

Oliver Ames HS, Nixon & Old Gyms, 100 Lothrop St. in Easton.  

Shout out to our listed sponsors for supporting our kids' education.

Get your game on and let's box out homelessness!  

For grade 9 through basketball centurion legends and beyond.  

Registration closes March 15, 2017

Contact Neil Opper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The 2016 SOWMA 4on4 Tournament

On Saturday March 26, twenty-three teams competed in a 4-on-4 basketball tournament at Oliver Ames High School in Easton to raise over $11,000 for School on students who have been impacted by homelessness. Referees, time keepers and snack bar volunteers donated their time, and Oliver Ames donates its gym facilities to support the students we serve. This year we thank Eastern Bank, the JDerenzo Companies, Karen Francioso-Howe and The Farmer's Daughter for sponsoring the tournament and supporting our kids' education. 

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Division A Winners - Boneyard

Division B Winners - Opper

View pictures of the tournament on our Facebook page!

2015 Tournament

School on Wheels Basketball Tournament sponsored by Evolution Sports took place at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.

On Saturday March 21, 24 teams competed to raise money for School on Wheels students who have been impacted by homelessness. The referees donated their time and Oliver Ames donated their gym facilities to support the organization. Mallory Breen, a junior at Oliver Ames HS kicked off the tournament by singing the national anthem. Great job Mallory!

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