Month: December 2016

Dec 27

December 2016 Newsletter


In December we ended the year with a bang! The LA Times stopped by the Skid Row Learning Center and interviewed Allison Maldonado, the instructor at the center. You can watch the full video here. We also got a surprise visit from our good friend Kevin Bacon, actor, and founder, of the nonprofit SixDegrees.org. He was interviewed by one of our students for KCAL9 News and even danced with students and sang along as they played Karaoke!

A Big thank you to our donor of the month the Joyful Giving team who hosted this year’s fundraiser. 300 supporters bought tickets to The Sip of SouthBay at The Shade Hotel in Redondo Beach and bid on our live and silent auctions raising over $150,000 for our program. We also had some amazing star students and volunteers. Nate 5th Grade has gone from struggling to add to mastering multiplication. Even on days when he feels overwhelmed, Nate never gives up.  One of our Star Volunteers, Sheryl Luttrel is a dedicated tutor and has been with us for almost three years now. She is always willing to jump in and help wherever is needed.

Dec 21

21st Century Solutions, NBC 4 and Telemundo fund Digital Learning

Thank you to 21st Century Solutions, NBC4 and Telemundo 52 for funding School on Wheels’ Digital Learning Centers.  Watch this short video to see how they are helping us and other nonprofits in  SoCal.

The grants support community organizations that are advancing neighborhoods forward through innovative programs with creative solutions to various social challenges. Hundreds of Southern California-based nonprofit organizations competed for a 21stCentury Solutions award ranging from $100,000 to $50,000 in the areas of Civic Engagement, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, Media and Technology.

“Funding to these deserving organizations means Southern Californians will have more social services available to improve the lives across many areas in the region,” said Steve Carlston, President and General Manager, NBC4 Southern California. “Expanding community programs flourish and grow neighborhoods, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront in making a difference.” “We are excited to provide local community-based organizations with funding opportunities to help expand their programming to serve the needs of our growing community,” said Celia Chavez, President and General Manager, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles. “We look forward to seeing the impact of these innovative programs for years to come.”

Dec 19

Annual Holiday Party at Paradise Cove

  • Catherine Meek, Executive Director with Officer Tang

Every year Paradise Cove Beach Cafe and Paradise Cove Land Company host a holiday party for our students.  The children had a fabulous time as always. This year over 200 students from 14 homeless shelters throughout Southern California were bussed in for a day of fun and great food.  The furthest being from Pomona and Garden Grove.

The California Highway Patrol provided the gifts for the kids and over 23 Explorers (their young volunteers) showed up to help out.
Santa arrived in a firetruck…
Thank you to everyone who made this possible and a special thank you to Bob Morris and all the staff at Paradise Cove Beach Cafe for making this a day to remember for our students!
Dec 12

Tutor Anniversaries December 2016

We would like to give a huge shout out to all of these amazing tutors who have volunteered with us for a year or more! We couldn’t impact the lives of thousands of children without you.
 

“In the midst of hate, I found there was, within me, an invincible love. In the midst of tears, I found there was, within me, an invincible smile. In the midst of chaos, I found there was, within me, an invincible calm. I realized, through it all, that… In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus

Eight Years
Wendy Hsiao

Six Years
Katy Michaelis

Four Years
Thomas DuHamel
Elisabeth Egelko
Aliyah Souder

Three Years
Karen Gray
Bruce Ward

Two Years
Patrick Anderson
Erin Fitts
Taly Ginsberg
Debra Kaufman
Jessica Lanzolatta
Goran Lukic
Darren Sepanek
Liat Smener
Heidi Vogl

One Year
Afifa Amouri-Nouaili
Rebecca Anders
Carl Carson
Breana Chew
Julie Davis
Courtney Faught
Deanna Gallea
Patrick Jong
Paul Kim
Maya McKeever
Noor Nouaili
Joceline Porron
Susan Porter
Ronak Reshamwala
Olga Robles
Alexander Rodriguez
Wendy Rodriguez
Olivia Sandoval
Ruby Snowber
Joshua Stern
Mgo Talarian
Angelina Vargas
Elizabeth Vitanza

Dec 1

Students of the Month – December 2016

Online Tutoring:

Nate, School on Wheels Student of the Month

“Nate (5th Grade) loves art and he also knows that he needs to work on his math skills. So, I thought, let’s combine the two! We’ve worked together on coloring sheets: for every part of a drawing he colored, we worked on a math problem. One hour, once a week, for 2 months. Nate has gone from struggling to add to mastering his times tables. Even on days when he feels overwhelmed, Nate never gives up. It has been a joy to work with him.” – Ian Chan – Online Tutor

 

Skid Row Learning Center:

Lily, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Lily (Kindergarten) is one of the sweetest, funniest, most precocious kindergarteners you’ll ever meet. Every day Lily comes in joyful and ready to learn. Her willingness to complete her homework and her commitment to excellence are a sight to see!

 

 

Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:

Aliyah, School on Wheels Student of the Month

“Aliyah is an amazing kindergartner. I ask her every session if there is anything she wants to work on (besides her coloring skills) and was surprised when she wanted to learn the Pledge of Allegiance. It makes sense as she is new to school, but I’ve never had that request before and it shows how seriously Aliyah takes her role as student. I look forward to our sessions together and wonder how she will amaze me next week. Thank you, School on Wheels, for this opportunity!” – Sheryl Luttrell, Tutor

 

Region 7 – San Fernando Valley:

Jadelynn, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Jadelynn (4th Grade) is a sweet fourth grader with a lot of potential. She is very funny, intelligent, competitive and creative. She has a lot of energy and shows a great passion for learning. Her goal for the future is to become a teacher at the elementary school that she attends. – Maya McKeever, Tutor

 

Region 8 – Ventura County:

Bobbie, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Bobbie (6th Grade) – “When not doing homework, Bobbie enjoys dancing — specifically hip-hop and ballet — and hopes to become a choreographer. As an avid reader, Bobbie has become a fairly good speller and will be competing in the local spelling bee. She has an insatiable appetite for learning, but the best part about our sessions is when she looks at me with the “I get it now” look. Just priceless! It has been an honor to be her tutor.” – Kathy Jarman, Tutor

 

Region 12 – North Orange County:

Caleb, School on Wheels Student of the Month

Caleb (7th Grade) – “At first, Caleb was hesitant to give new things a try and he would only give short, quick responses to questions. He has become much more comfortable challenging himself with new or difficult activities. With a solid amount of dedication, consistency, and determination, reading is now his favorite activity. I am proud of his improvement and excited to see his progression continue in the upcoming months.” – Jacob Maldonado, Tutor

Dec 1

Tutors of the Month – December 2016

Skid Row Learning Center:

Daniela Elizondo, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Daniela Elizondo – I am honored to have Daniela as a member of our team! After meeting her, you would never guess that she was in high school. She is one of my most consistent and flexible tutors. We can count on her every Tuesday to come in and help any elementary student that asks no matter what the subject. She is the ideal role model and volunteer.

 

Region 4 – Long Beach, South Bay Cities:

Sheryl Luttrell, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Sheryl Luttrell – Sheryl is a dedicated tutor, and has been with SOW for almost three years now. She is always willing to jump in and help wherever is needed. It is wonderful to know that her students can count on her. Thank you for all that you do for SOW!

 

 

Region 7 – San Fernando Valley:

Maya McKeever, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Maya McKeever is such a kind, consistent, and talented tutor! I am so impressed with the connection she made with her student. In her own words, “I began tutoring with School on Wheels almost a year ago. I wanted to find a way to be more supportive in my community, especially within the scope of socioeconomic discrepancies and education. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to tutor every week, my student brings me a lot of laughs and learning experiences.”

 

Region 8 – Ventura County:

Kathy Jarman, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Kathy Jarman has been a tutor with School on Wheels for over a year, and as a lifelong learner she has incorporated a passion for knowledge and lessons learned from her own mentors into her sessions in an effort to inspire and encourage our students: “I have learned more from my students than I ever expected. My first student taught me that teaching, just like most things in life, needs to be individualized. And when it is done properly, it makes all the difference in the world.”

 

Region 12 – North Orange County:

Jacob Maldonado, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Jacob Maldonado – “Currently, I am continuing my education to become a history/social studies teacher. When I learned about School on Wheels’ weekly tutoring service, I was excited to take advantage of this great opportunity and gain more one-on-one experience with students. I am very grateful that tutoring with School on Wheels has given me a chance to enhance my teaching skills and to make a significant difference in a student’s life.”

 

Online Tutoring:

Catherine Luo, School on Wheels Tutor of the Month

Catherine Luo – “This was my first time tutoring and I’ve learned so much about how far a little bit of patience and constant encouragement can go. I’ve come to truly value education as a tool for empowering young students growing up in difficult situations, and I’m constantly inspired by how dedicated my student’s mother is to her daughter’s education. I look forward to learning about my student’s new endeavors each week and hope to continue encouraging her to achieve what she sets out to do.”