Registration is now Open!
Students, Staff, Parents, Volunteers, Supporters and Friends will be participating in the 11th Annual HomeWalk hosted by UnitedWay of LA.
Skip the lines and head straight to our booth to pick up your T-Shirt and Bib!
If you are registering more than one person, please choose ‘Other’ and enter amount ($25 per person -children under 12 are FREE).
The end of summer and beginning of the new school year is a time of excitement and anticipation for both students and parents alike. School is one of the few stable, secure places in the lives of homeless children, a place where they can acquire the skills needed to escape poverty. And you, our wonderful friends and supporters, help students understand how critical being in school and learning are.
Here are three ways you can help!
1. Apply to become a Volunteer Tutor
Our team has been filling backpacks and delivering school supplies to all our students. With the new school year starting, we need tutors more than ever to help our students. That’s where you come in! Sign up to become a volunteer or refer a friend. Give a child a chance to start the school year off right.
2. Shop for School Supplies
Every homeless child that we meet receives a backpack filled with school supplies. In 2016 we distributed over 7,500 backpacks, along with school supplies, uniforms and bus tokens.
Next time you are shopping for school supplies for your family, why not pick up some extra and send them to School on Wheels?
Please note – We only accept and distribute new backpacks and school supplies.
You can view our student wish list here.
The National Education Association has research to show that the average family will spend about $200 per elementary student this year, and that cost rises to $330 and $375 for middle and high school students, respectively. With your support, we can continue to provide supplies and educational resources to our students year round.
Sunday, June 18, is Father’s Day
Here is everything you need to know about Father’s Day which is celebrated around the world on the third Sunday in June.
- According to Hallmark, Father’s Day is the fourth-largest card-sending occasion
- Fifty percent of all Father’s Day cards are purchased for fathers. Almost 20 percent of Father’s Day cards are given to husbands.
- A study done at the University of North Carolina found that in terms of genetic makeup, mammals are more like their fathers than their mothers. Even though we get the same amount of genetic mutations from our parents, we actually use more of the DNA we get from our dads. Knowing this information can help in the study of diseases. For example, the severity of a disease can be different if passed down from the mother or the father.
- Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children. This day celebrates fatherhood and male parenting. Although it is celebrated on a variety of dates worldwide, many countries observe this day on the third Sunday in June.
- Father’s Day was founded in Spokane, Washington at the YMCA in 1910 by Sonora Smart Dodd, who was born in Arkansas. Its first celebration was in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. Dodd is credited with starting Father’s Day after hearing a sermon on Mother’s Day. She wanted to honor her father William Jackson Smart, Civil War veteran and widower who raised six children on his own.
- Father’s Day vs. Fathers’ Day
Any grammar geek could find the quandary in this holiday title. Isn’t the day set aside to celebrate all fathers, plural, rather than just an individual? Though Dodd petitioned for the holiday to be written as “Fathers’ Day,” the U.S. Congress used the term “Father’s Day” when they established the day as an official holiday.
- The First Father’s Day Card
One of the earliest dates back roughly 4,000 years. Elmesu, a Babylonian youngster, carved a card out of clay to “wish his father good health and long life.”
- Roses for Dad
And you thought only mom deserved flowers on her special day! Father’s Day’s official flower is the rose. A red rose is worn in your lapel on Father’s Day if your father is living, and a white rose is worn if he has passed away.
- The Origin of “Dad”
While the exact date that the word dad came into use is unknown, it is estimated that it began around the late fifteenth century. It is believed that it was simply derived from baby talk, as in many languages “dada” or “tata” refers to a baby’s acknowledgment of their father.
- The best way we think to celebrate your Dad this year is to donate to School on Wheels in his honor!
By sending a personalized E-Card on Sunday, June 18th, not only will you feel good helping a homeless child succeed in school through your donation, your Dad will know how much you love him on this, his special day of the year.
Donate to School on Wheels today and we will send your mom or a mom in your life a card or email in time for Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 14th, 2017.
Donate $25 and we will send a personalized email – Donate $40 and we will send a card in the mail with your personalized message.
The deadline for mailing personalized cards is Wednesday, May 10th, 2017.
Back-to-school season has begun, and we are in need of school supplies to help our students start the year with everything they need to succeed. With the cost of school supplies reaching up to $350 last year and always rising, many of our students are unable to afford the basic materials they need. Last year we gave over 6,000 backpacks and school supplies to our students. We couldn’t have done that without the generous donations from our supporters. Here is what you can do to help our students start the new year on the right foot:
- Donate in Person – Buy extra backpacks, notebooks, pencils, or any items on our Student Wish List while you’re shopping. Drop them off at one of our offices:
- 83 S. Palm Street, Ventura, CA 93001 or
- 600 East 7th Street, Ste 109, Los Angeles, CA 90021
- Roonga – Not near one of our offices? Now you can donate school supplies online. Browse our list of needed supplies, choose what you want to donate, and Roonga will send it directly to us.
- Online shopping – Many websites and online retailers – such as Target, Amazon Smile, iGive.com, or eScrip – will donate a percentage of your purchase to School on Wheels. Use these tools when you’re shopping online, and some of the money you spend will help us give our students the supplies they need – at no extra cost to you!
- Donate money for us to buy school supplies – Don’t have time to shop for supplies? Donate online: $50 buys a brand new backpack for a student. $100 provides a backpack and school supplies for the entire year.
Dan Cardinali, president of dropout-prevention group Communities In Schools said that when students don’t have the school supplies they need, “They lose a sense of belonging. They are, right from the start, set apart. It materially compromises their ability to learn.” Don’t let our students fall behind simply because they can’t afford school supplies. Your gift, however small, can make a difference.
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Back of card
Show Dad you care this Father’s Day!
Make a donation to School on Wheels in honor of your dad, and we’ll send him a Father’s Day card with your personalized message on the back. Just go to our donation page and select the Father’s Day option. We’ll follow up with you by email to get the recipient’s address and a personalized message to add to your card.
The cards are made from drawings by our students at the Skid Row Learning Center, and all proceeds will go to School on Wheels and the homeless children we serve.