School on Wheels needs volunteers to help us fill backpacks with school supplies! Contact our office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We need donations of these supplies. Please, all items must be NEW.

· Quality backpacks for both boys and girls, K-2 and high school
· 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

Learn about SOWMA supply drives. 

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.

Jakensen Graduating
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.


The mission of School on Wheels of Massachusetts is to educate children impacted by homelessness by providing academic support and one-on-one mentoring so children can reach their full potential. Our main program is one-on-one tutoring at shelters, hotels, learning centers, and schools. We are currently seeking four Site Coordinators: one at the Youth Division learning center in Brockton, one at the Randolph Community Middle School, one at the Louison Center in Brockton and one at the Roy St. shelter in Fall River. The Site Coordinator supervises the tutors and students at a particular site, and is the connection among shelter/school staff, children and families, tutors, and School on Wheels staff.

Review full job description here.

Please contact:

Robin Gilbert, Operations Director
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“Excuse me, what is your name?”

Stevie locks his clear green eyes on mine and listens. He looks upward to visualize the letters in my name as I spell it for him. He is a first-grader who’s very excited about his newest skill: reading.

At six years old, Stevie is living at the Harbour House Family Shelter in New Bedford with his father and four-year-old brother. At just six, he’s lost much: his mother, his home, and belongings. His treasures—like transformers and books—are all in storage. Yet, despite the trauma he has experienced, Stevie is charming, polite, and inquisitive.

Each week David Brooks, a School on Wheels tutor, meets with Stevie to help him with school work. They focus on Stevie’s interests, which include sharks and drawing, as well as areas where he needs help. I asked Stevie what he works on with his tutor. “Reading and math, mostly,” he answered. “I’ve already read three whole books,” he adds, feigning nonchalance, but I can tell he’s quite proud. Brooks has made a commitment to see that Stevie does not fall behind in his learning. “He’s extremely bright,” Brooks observes. “Once Stevie warmed up to tutoring, he became an absolute pleasure to work with. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

AnaIn 2005, 15-year-old Ana Lobo arrived from Cape Verde to live in Brockton with her older sister. Speaking little English, but with an intense drive to learn, Ana was focused on obtaining a high-quality education. As a sophomore at Brockton High School Ana met Beth Young, who is a veteran School on Wheels tutor. For the last eight years, with Beth’s guidance and support, Ana received a high school diploma from BHS in 2010 and earned her Associate’s Degree from Massasoit Community College.

Beth has remained by Ana’s side because, she says, "Ana is a very hard worker who holds herself to high standards. I've always been so impressed with her work ethic and motivation. As the mother of 9-year-old Brianna, Ana juggles quite a bit,” Beth explains. In addition to caring for her child, Ana worked 20-25 hours a week, consistently maintaining a GPA greater than 3.0, while at Massasoit Community College.

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