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tutor Become a tutor and help a child achieve success in the classroom and beyond!
School on Wheels of Massachusetts trains community volunteers for one-on-one tutoring with students in kindergarten through grade 12 who are impacted by homelessness.

To provide stability, the tutor meets with the same child each week to reinforce grade-level learning skills, work on school projects, and help boost the child's self esteem.

Tutors serve as mentors and positive adult role models for their students to help them realize their full potential.

In order to ensure that our volunteers are prepared when they begin tutoring, we have expanded the SOWMA Tutor Training. New volunteers must first take a two-hour Orientation which will familiarize them with School on Wheels and family homelessness in Massachusetts. After that, volunteers must take a three-hour Resource Workshop, which is a hands-on and interactive workshop that will familiarize them them with the learning resources at our sites, and give them strategies for having an effective tutoring session.
Volunteers who trained before August 2012 will be required to take the Resource Workshop before they begin tutoring.

We would love you to join the SOWMA tutoring team! For more information, please visit our website.
This year School on Wheels held three writing contests for the students at all of our program sites. Students were provided with a writing prompt and a few guidelines for each contest. The purpose of the writing contest was to provide students an opportunity to practice their writing skills. The contests were also designed to get student's excited about writing. Using their imagination and receiving assistance from their tutor(s), the students were able to create amazing stories. Below is a story that was written by one of our 5th grade students that we thought was wonderful!

Enjoy .... 3, 2, 1…. BLAST OFF! By Siomara Dias      

The Myles Family was up to the Challenge.  These industrious kids decided to raise $100 to meet the School on Wheels 100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE

This is a matching gifts program which asks 100 families to donate $100 to help our students receive the tutoring, mentoring and academic support they need.

sowma lemonade stand

What can you and your family do to meet the Challenge?

Hold a yard sale?  Do chores for neighbors?  Return bottles and cans?  This is a great opportunity for you to pay it forward as a family or as an individual to make a difference for kids in your backyard who have no place to call home. Your support allows them to move beyond their circumstances and achieve a brighter future!

Every dollar you donate will be doubled through the generosity of our seed donors, Jay and Claudia Weed. The experience of homelessness can set a child back emotionally and academically as their home life is in a state of chaos.  SOWMA helps children move beyond the experience of  homelessness.  Whether it is working weekly with a caring tutor or receiving help with a college application, children build confidence in themselves and their future. Sometimes school can be the only consistent thing for a child impacted by homelessness.  That is where the work of School on Wheels shines -  helping children succeed in school.

Your gift makes this life-changing work possible. 
Donate Now to our  100 FAMILIES CHALLENGE and help us reach our goal of $20,000. Every dollar counts!

The School on Wheels Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was held on April 10, 2013 at the Maplewood Country Day Enrichment Center.  
From a recent article in the Sharon Advocate/Wicked Local

Cottage Street Students

Did you know that there are 50,000 homeless children in Massachusetts? And, the average age of a homeless person in the commonwealth is eight years old?

The children of two classes at the Cottage Street School in Sharon learned these facts from Cheryl Opper,  the founder and executive director of Schools on Wheels MA.
tutorIn October of 2010, Nathan Hand, who at that time was the Vice President of Development of School on Wheels in Indiana posted a blog with the National Alliance to End Homelessness.  In this article, Educating Homeless Children, Nathan examines the anatomy of a movement.  He points out the people recognized a need and had the courage to address that need.  As Nathan pointed out "Homeless children are possibly the most vulnerable population in our country."
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