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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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.
I am so sad to tell you that Agnes Stevens, Founder of School on Wheels, died last night after a long illness. For those of us who knew and loved Agnes, this is a huge loss. She was one of those very special human beings who inspired everyone around her. She had such courage and the vision to see beyond all the road blocks in life. She had an unwavering belief in and passion for School on Wheels. Agnes always said it takes so little to make a difference in a child’s life. She certainly did that for the thousands of homeless children whose lives have been touched by School on Wheels.
She was an extraordinary woman who made a lasting difference in our lives and this world. We all wanted to be a part of making Agnes’ dream of helping homeless children come true. We will miss her every day.
With deep sorrow, Catherine
Catherine Meek, Executive Director
Here’s a link to the Agnes Stevens Memorial Fund
A native of South Carolina and Florida, Emily Austin found her way to the City of Angels through her passion for the arts, film and television. She lived her dreams while working in entertainment marketing for studios such as Paramount, Sony and Disney. She was extremely smart, a skilled artist, and most importantly a wonderful friend. She was fascinated with the “possibilities” around her and craved learning new things every day. It was rare to see her without a book in hand, or a Film/TV series playing. She was a huge fan of science fiction and wanted to be on the wait list for the first trip to Mars.
Emily had a great compassion and empathy for people in need, especially homeless families and children. In honor of this glorious girl, “The Emily Austin Project” has been created.
Please donate what you can to support School on Wheels. Any time or monetary contribution is beyond appreciated.
May the Force be with you.