Category: Events

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!
Oct 3

School on Wheels 5K Sponsored Walk – November 19, 2016

Every year we join forces with the community in walking to raise awareness about homelessness in Los Angeles. The event is hosted by UnitedWay and is called HomeWalk. We are the largest and only team representing homeless children and youth! Join us in this annual sponsored walk (SOWALK) at Grand Park, 200 N Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012 ALL WELCOME. Once you have registered visit our Crowdrise page and start collecting sponsors!

Jan 25

Most Likely To Succeed – Documentary Screening & Conversation

Join us for 3 screenings of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed.

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in todayʼs innovative world. Film Threat stated that “this film should be a required course for all parents and educators.” Most Likely To Succeed is an official selection of many of the nation’s top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.

University of California Irvine, Student Center
Crystal Cove Auditorium
Monday, February 8th, 6:30 p.m. (Free)

Inner City Arts, Downtown LA
The Rosenthal Theater
Wednesday, February 17, 6:30 p.m. (Free)

Ventura County Community Foundation, Camarillo
Community Room
Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. (Free)
Registration and Directions here

All current and former School on Wheels volunteers are invited, and may bring up to one guest.

Join us for a free night of film and conversation, sponsored by School on Wheels in partnership with the University of California Irvine, Inner City Arts, and the Ventura County Community Foundation.

Most Likely To Succeed Documentary

 

Nov 25

HomeWalk 2015

On November 21, 2015, team School on Wheels participated in the United Way HomeWalk, a walk dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Los Angeles. This was our team’s second year participating and the turnout was outrageous!

As one of the largest groups, School on Wheels walked together with students, parents and volunteers in support of our organization and the fight to end homelessness. More than 300 supporters registered to walk with our team which is a record number for our organization!

We are very appreciative for everyone who supported us in this year’s walk and contributed their effort to make this a memorable event. Thank you all!

We have some more photos from the event on our Facebook page too!

Jun 24

Benny Wasserman: Einstein Look-Alike

Benny Wasserman, an Albert Einstein look-alike and an Independent Motion Pictures and Film professional, will be joining School on Wheels this Saturday, June 27, at the California Science Center. We will be attempting to create a World Record Challenge in the category for “the most people dressed as Albert Einstein”. Benny is also the author of “​Presidents Were Teenagers Too”, his published book about leadership.

We asked Benny a few questions about Einstein; here’s what he had to say…

When did you first realize that you looked like Albert Einstein?

I never thought I did!  One day after I retired, I was helping my son, an attorney, in his office;  someone said to me, “Did anyone tell you that you look like Albert Einstein?”  He knew an agent; so I sent some photos in and started getting work right away.  My first job was for a commercial in Japan.  In the role of Albert Einstein, I have traveled all over the world including Greece, Spain, and Japan.  I have also worked in movies and on TV, trade shows, print ads and public service announcements including one with Ellen DeGeneres on the energy crisis.

What do you like best about Albert Einstein, the person?

I was a great admirer of Einstein before I became his look-alike!  I even had a bust of him in my house.  Once I started learning about his personal life, he became more real to me.  For example, Einstein didn’t start talking until he was 3 years old which is quite unusual. His teachers thought he had learning difficulties because he spoke so slowly.  By 5th grade, teachers told his parents that he was stubborn and would not amount to anything; and, he was expelled in high school because he was considered difficult, a nuisance, and had poor grades.  He first started talking about philosophy with a medical student who was boarding with his family.  Kids like to know that stuff because it shows that he struggled in school, just like everyone else.

Do you have any tips for our participants on Saturday about how to dress like Einstein?

No Socks!  Albert always insisted on not wearing any; he said they only get holes in them anyway.  He usually was very uninterested in his appearance and would wear pants and sweaters that were well worn and unflattering.  His wife would make him dress up for special occasions; that is when you would see him in a shirt and tie.  Occasionally. Einstein wore glasses on the end of his nose and smoked a pipe.  But since this is a kids’ event, I don’t think he would have brought his pipe; so, neither will I!

 

If you’d like to participate in our Guinness World Record attempt and meet Benny Wasserman, register for free here. We will have everything needed for your costume other than a collard shirt and dress pants. You can also create your own costume consisting of a blazer, shirt and tie, dress pants, white or grey wig, and a matching mustache if you really want to impress Mr. Wasserman with your Einstein impersonation!