For the 4th year in a row Siemens chose to support School on Wheels through their charity golf tournament raising over $14,000. They also did a supply drive at their Canton headquarters to collect new school supplies for students impacted by homelessness.
Thank you Siemens for your ongoing support for our kids!
Many SOWMA friends came to Lombardo’s in Randolph to Open Doors for School on Wheels students and celebrate their success, on Friday evening, September 18.
Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dancing to the Legit Band, silent and live auctions, and raffles. Following a School on Wheels slide presentation, Arny, a School on Wheels student, shared the story of her journey from a student experiencing homelessness to her participation in a student leadership conference in Washington, DC this summer. Lila Burgess, Director of Family Services at Old Colony YMCA, spoke about the experiences of families living in shelter and the academic challenges that homeless students face.
Cheryl Opper, founder and executive director, presented the “Champion for our Kids” corporate partner award to Jim McDonough, President and CEO of Randolph Savings Bank for their efforts to bring School on Wheels’ services to the Randolph community.
To close the program portion of the evening, SOWMA’s High School Plus student and Bridgewater State University Scholar, Zachary, sent greetings and shared his new experiences from South Korea where he has begun his sophomore year studying abroad.
Our emcee, Brian Shactman, NECN morning news anchor, brought the event to life, conducting the live auction and dancing with Cheryl Opper.
Guests were supportive of School on Wheels students with donations, sponsorship and encouragement for continued success. View photos of School on Wheels Open the Door Gala.
All proceeds raised at the gala help provide academic support and one-on-one mentoring, empowering children to reach their full potential.
Make a difference in the life of a student who has been impacted by homelessness in Brockton, Fall River, New Bedford, Norwell, Randolph, Stoughton or Weymouth by volunteering one or two hours a week.
During our mandatory three-hour training, we will prepare you for an amazing one-on-one tutoring experience with a student in kindergarten through grade 12. You will meet with a student each week and serve as a mentor and positive adult role model to help a child realize his or her full academic potential.
· Single subject notebooks
· Flexible rulers
· Zipper pencil pouches
Gift cards are also welcome. You can mail or drop off items at our office, 790 West Chestnut St., Brockton, MA 02301
We have exciting news to share with our SOWMA supporters. Zachary, one of our Bridgewater State Scholars, has just finished his freshman year. In September, he is heading off to South Korea to study abroad for an entire year. We want Zachary to have a safe and successful trip so we are helping him collect necessary supplies. He is currently in need of luggage, backpack, camera, towels, tooth paste, deodorant, sun block, phone cards, and a few more necessary items to make sure he has an unforgettable experience. Please help us support Zachary in his adventure by purchasing an item on his travel wish list.
View Zachary's Travel Wish List on Amazon.
Cheryl Opper, Director of School on Wheels attends the graduation of a SOWMA student, Jackenson Verdul, from New Bedford High School. Also in attendance was his high school tutor Steve Cerce, left, and his college mentor Tom Amaral to the right. Jackenson is headed to Curry College this fall!
Read more about Jakensen.