Pegasystems (Cambridge) has held summer backpack drives since 2004 to help children in need have the tools they need to be ready for school. This year, School on Wheels of Massachusetts was fortunate to be chosen as the recipient of their school supply drive for a second year in a row. For children impacted by homelessness, with so little to call their own, a new backpack is a treasured gift.  Pegasystems' generous staff and goodwill allow students who have lost their homes to have the same quality supplies as their peers to start the school year.  

More than 100 Pega employees lovingly filled high quality new backpacks with everything our students need to go back to school, including calculators, notebooks, binders, highlighters, new books and a fresh start.

This year we received:

  • 178 high quality backpacks filled with high quality school supplies
  • 50 state-of-the-art calculators 
  • Six laptops to help our college students register for classes and complete course assignments
  • One kindle for a tutoring site to encourage the love for reading

We are excited to announce that 125 backpacks that Pegasystems donated have been given to Rosie’s place, a women’s and children’s shelter in Boston. “It’s our hope that these donations will help to bring confidence and motivation to the students who receive them,” said Laura Starr-Houghton, who is the Senior Director of Pegasystems. 





Turning 10 is a big deal and Erica Parks decided to make a big deal to help others. Instead of the traditional birthday party, Erica celebrated her 10th birthday by asking her dance friends to donate school supplies to School on Wheels and help children impacted by homelessness.

“One of my favorite things about back to school is picking out school supplies and making sure I have everything I need on my list,” said Erica, when asked why she chose to remember us on her birthday. She wanted to make sure that other kids had the same back to school experience. “My dance friends who came to my party were so generous… I was really surprised, even friends who could not make the party dropped by some supplies.” Thank you to Erica and her dance friends for their thoughtful donations to help our kids get ready for the new school year!

“I think it’s sad to see how many kids need the backpacks and supplies, but also so nice that they are getting everything they need… I can’t believe the average age of a homeless person is 8 years old. That’s so close to how old I am.”



Help us reach our goal by coming in to stuff bags for our kids!

SOWMA is in the process of filling 1,300 backpacks for students impacted by homelessness, and we need YOUR help. Volunteer opportunities available: Monday – Thursday 10 am – 12 pm and 2pm –4pm.

If you are unable to volunteer but would still like to help by making a donation, our greatest need right now is high quality new backpacks for kids grades K-12!



Claudio and Brian from WB Mason made a huge delivery today at our new headquarters in East Bridgewater.  WB Mason's generous donation of school supplies including: scientific calculators, one subject notebooks, folders, markers, glue sticks, rulers, and more will help us kick off our "Summer Backpack Project." This summer SOWMA volunteers will prepare over 1,200 backpacks fully stocked with supplies donated by WB Mason. Since 2008 WB Mason has donated thousands of dollars of educational supplies to help our students find success in school despite having no place to call home.





Marc-Daniel Paul
BS, Suffolk University
 
 
Congratulations to School on Wheels students who are receiving diplomas this spring. We couldn't be more proud of you and how hard you've worked to reach your goals and make your dreams come true. Continue to strive for excellence in all you do!
 
All Associate's Degree recipients are continuing with SOWMA to pursue Bachelor's Degrees in the fall.


It is Zack again, and I have my final trip update for you... my trip to the coastal city Busan.

This time I went solo, but that didn't change the fact that it was incredibly amazing. The places I went to were, specifically, Busan Tower, Haeundae beach, and Gwangalli Bridge/Beach. The areas around these places looked incredible--I felt like I was living in a future city. The buildings must have definitely cost fortunes to build, but they are hot-spot areas to live in. Near Haeundae Beach there was a festival going on, which I didn't know was happening. It was interesting, because people were sculpting these amazing portraits out of sand and there some talent shows. There were many other foreigners at this beach and it was very refreshing to simply see and smell the surrounding sea. I will say that this was a great trip to sign-off my stay in Korea. Now, it’s all about finishing classes and work, and coming back to the US on June 16th!! I feel sad to leave, but at the same time, I’m eager to return, work hard, and continue towards my graduation and path of success.

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