In April, SOWMA had the pleasure of welcoming 3 Bridgewater State University students to come and learn more about School on Wheels of Massachusetts for their Learning Service Project. Christine was kind enough to share information about her learning service project and her experience at School on Wheels.
BSU Students

(Pictured from right to left) Olivia, Keila, and Christine

We are undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in a School and Community Health course at Bridgewater State University where we had the goal of identifying a community need for our service-learning project.  The need we identified that has a vast impact on today's society is homelessness. 

Homelessness is an epidemic across the state of Massachusetts as well as within every city and town, within every state across the United States.

We visited the School on Wheels organization in Brockton to learn more about family homelessness. While we were there we assisted in the preparation of the goody bags for the participants for SOWMA’s 5th Annual Outrunning Homelessness 5K Race & Family Fun Walk held on Saturday April, 25 from 9am-noon at Borderland State Park in North Easton.  

We cannot say enough about the School on Wheels organization. They are a great resource for children who are struggling with homelessness while trying to stay in school. School on Wheels helps give these children a chance at a bright future by supplying the tools they need to succeed by gaining an education. They collect donations of backpacks, school supplies, sponsoring students, tutoring/mentoring but they do so much more. 

BSU Students
Thirty students from BSU chose to do a fundraiser to support School on Wheels students impacted by homelessness. They organized a raffle at Bertuccis in Mansfield. In addition to the raffle proceeds, SOWMA will receive 15% of the total dining bills at Bertuccis in Mansfield and Attleboro.

The money raised will help SOWMA provide college assistance for students experiencing homelessness. How awesome is that! Assistant Professor Kathy Bailey is the coordinator of this important BSU community awareness event. The event stems from a semester long project from called R.E.A.C.H Day. (Raising Awareness and Education for College Homelessness)

Marty Weiner is a long-time supporter of School on Wheels and the organization’s efforts to provide educational support to students impacted by homelessness. Marty is ever present at SOWMA events, with his smile and enthusiasm, and ready to help.

Marty Wiener

Marty at the 4 on 4 Basketball Tournament 

How many years have you been involved with School on Wheels of Massachusetts’ Basketball Tournament?

I have been involved in directing the School on Wheels of MA 4 on 4 Basketball Tournament since its inception, 5 years ago.

What was your role in planning the event as well as your role the day of?   

Our committee: Neal Opper, Russell Opper, Carl Engelbourg, Cheryl Opper, and me have worked together each year to make the event run smoother, and raise more money. On tournament day, I get the pleasure of introducing everyone to the day: the format and the participants. Then I get to sit back and watch the teams compete.

BSU Luncheon
(From left to right: BSU President Dr. Dana Mohler-Faria, Zachary Wright, Lorenz Marcellus, Milca Paul, Sefora Alcindor, Christie Coulter, Amber Julian, BSU’s President next year Fred Clark, Cheryl Opper, Nepthalie Paul, and Director of the BSU Scholar’s Program Michele Wakin.)

The BSU Scholar’s attended an end of semester luncheon on Monday, March 16. President Mohler-Faria introduced the Scholar’s to the University’s future president, Fred Clark. The two joined the Scholar’s, along with Cheryl Opper and Michele Wakin, to discuss their experiences at Bridgewater State, how their scholarship has made an impact on their lives, and what their plans for the future are.


Pictured from left to right: Marina Goding. Jenna Rapoza, Emily Skalski, Jenna Elsesser, and Ashley DeBlois

Five students who were accepted into the Numb3rs project at Stonehill College collaborated with School on Wheels of Massachusetts this year to design mathematical tasks for use by tutors and students involved in SOWMA.  The result of these efforts is a series of Flash Math Books.  These books will be used by tutors to help us improve the skills of our students.  They offer exciting activities for the students and step by step instructions for the tutors.  We are looking forward to using them during our tutoring sessions.

Math Books
Thank you ladies for your dedication to improving the lives of children impacted by homelessness!

The sixth annual School on Wheels 4on4 Basketball Tournament will take place on Saturday, March 26 at Oliver Ames High School in Easton.

Teams of four will compete in the tournament to raise money for School on Wheels students who have been impacted by homelessness. The referees donate their time and Oliver Ames donates their gym facilities to support the organization.

2015 4on4 Basketball Tournament

The 2015 School on Wheels' Basketball Tournament was sponsored by Evolution Sports and took place at Oliver Ames High School on Saturday March 2015. Twenty-four teams competed in a 4-on-4 tournament, which was sponsored by Evolution Sports. Mallory Breen, a junior at Oliver Ames High School kicked off the tournament by singing the national anthem. Great job, Mallory!

Last year's tournament raised over $10,000 to provide school supplies, tutoring, mentoring and college assistance for students who have lost their homes. Thank you everyone who made this tournament a great success!

Congratulations to our 2015 winners!

A Team Winners - Motivation Church
Team A Winners
(From left to right) Chris McLaughlin, Jason LaPlanche, Kyree LaPlanche, Crystopher Jackson, Peter Uzoma, and Cheryl Opper, Founder of School on Wheels of Massachusetts

B Team Winners -  Express
Team B Winners
(From left to right) Rico Gomes, Amare Gomes, Neal Opper, Justin Santos, Ryan Costello, Sean Grover, and School on Wheels Founder Cheryl Opper

View pictures of the tournament on our Facebook page

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