If you're driving around the MetroWest area, keep a lookout for this cool truck! Tresca Bros. Sand & Gravel, Inc., in Millis, MA, is helping raise public awareness for School on Wheels by placing our logo and contact information on the drum of this concrete truck. Tresca plays a unique role in promoting many charitable foundations across New England by placing logos on their trucks, free of charge. Thank you, Tresca Bros., for supporting the education of SOWMA's kids! Learn more about Tresca Brothers Charity Concrete Trucks.
For a dozen years, we at School on Wheels have watched with familial pride as our students rise above the challenges of homelessness to excel academically and create opportunities for themselves to succeed in school and in life. Whenever a student returns to SOWMA as a volunteer tutor to “pay it forward” by encouraging younger students to focus on their education, we couldn’t be more proud. Lena, once a SOWMA student herself, is a recent college graduate who has returned to SOWMA to tutor 10-year-old Devon.
“About seven years ago, I had a student who became homeless. The change in him was immediate. I saw a happy little child become so tired and just not himself. He moved to two different shelters during that school year. No matter what we could do for him as a school, it did not compare to how thrilled he was when he came in one day with his very own, brand new backpack from School on Wheels. I can still hear him telling his friends how cool his backpack was. That is why I reached out to School on Wheels. I saw, first-hand, the impact SOWMA had on this little boy.”
—Janice Narsasian, Center School Kindergarten Teacher, Easton
Each winter, teachers everywhere read The Mitten by Jan Brett to their young students. Janice Narsasian, a kindergarten teacher at Center School in Easton, uses this story of a group of woodland creatures, who crowd inside a cozy mitten to escape the frigid cold of a Scandinavian winter, to teach children the importance of sharing and caring for others in their community.
[Blog written by Zachary]
Zachary's February Update
As I write this, it is still winter vacation in South Korea, but classes will begin again about two weeks. Actually, the first academic semester begins here in March, as opposed to beginning in September like in western countries. I want to share my recent trip to Seoul with you, and also some updates on classes and what I plan to do next semester.
My friend and I visited Hongdae (one of the many precincts) in Seoul, the capital city, and I was able to try a Korean karaoke room for the first time. Since it is very popular, there are many karaoke rooms along the streets! It was a very interesting experience, and even though I can't sing, it was still fun despite the embarrassment. We also checked out Lotte World! It is a famous Disney World-style amusement park in Seoul. Unfortunately, we were unlucky with the weather, so we stayed on the inside part of the park, but waiting in lines for those rides took hours, anyway.
In November it got colder here in Korea--about 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit during the days! I'll be heading downtown to buy some warm clothes (Thank you Randolph Savings!)
And of course, here are some more food pictures. The dish with the cheese is Jjimdak, and I didn't catch the name of the food in the pan, but it is mainly fried rice and chicken. The tray was a breakfast from the dormitory I live in. It may be interesting to see! I think in the United States, people would only call that a dinner, and it would be strange otherwise. Quite frankly, I enjoy being able to eat such things in the morning without any criticism.
[Blog written by Zachary]
I had so much fun over Christmas Eve and Christmas time, and I wanted to share what I did with you.
I was invited to spend Christmas Eve with a family I met during a KNU Medical Mission, who were giving free medical services. So, since we are located in the same city, I decided to accept their invitation and make connections. We had a nice Christmas Eve dinner together, which included ham, mashed potatoes--some very familiar foods I haven't had in a long time! There were also some Korean foods such as rice cakes. Actually, the dad in the household is American, so It was interesting to see the crossing of culture among them. I was able to see how Korean apartments look like for the first time, and they are really much better than I expected, very nice architecture and well kept. They invited me to come and see what church is like in Korea after the dinner, so I tagged along for the church's Christmas Eve performances. I'd say it is pretty exactly like how church is in the United States. I am glad to experience many of the aspects of Korea, including this. I felt really welcome there as a guest and it was a pleasure to have some people to spend the day with, especially overseas around this season. They are a really nice family!
In Korea, Christmas Day is more exclusively a couple's holiday than a family holiday. My friend and I both had no plans with other people for the day, so we decided to spend the day together in Seoul--I guess it was a Christmas date! We visited many landmark areas in Seoul. Luckily, I had her to help me get around, because going around Seoul can be quite confusing, especially by subway.