Posts Tagged ‘School on Wheels’

Reading Kingdom Helps School on Wheels

Did you know that every year, there are approximately 1.6 million children who are homeless in the United States? In fact, the recession has led to a 50% increase in children identified as homeless in school districts throughout the company. School on Wheels is a non-profit organization founded by retired teacher, Agnes Stevens. Stevens began tutoring homeless children in a…

Showing Up for Excellence

Many of you have been asking me if I’m still tutoring Victor. I am. I’m continuing to tutor him once a week, though I’m going to be blogging about him once a month. Increased activity in the Reading Kingdom company (and rest of the blog) is the main reason for my decision. Great news! After several months of waiting and…

Tested

Some time ago I stopped doing the Reading Kingdom with Victor because his home life didn’t support him doing the program on his own. As a result, he had only been doing the program with me and once a week isn’t enough for it to be effective. (The program is a curriculum which requires students to do it 4-5 times…

My Heart is Not So Scalable

The L.A. Times just published an article profiling School on Wheels, and their south L.A. learning center that I wrote about in this blog a few months ago. The article states that in “the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second-largest, nearly 13,500 students were identified as homeless in the 2009-10 school year.” School on Wheels serves more than…

One boy who is getting a merry Christmas

The other day Victor’s mom, Maria, called me and a slew of friends and family in the US and Mexico with joyful news. “I got Section 8,” she cried, as excited as an actress winning an Oscar. Section 8 is a federal program provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that sponsors subsidized housing for low-income…

Success!

Success! Victor finally has Internet access and is going to town on the Reading Kingdom. He’s finishing up LetterLand, a beginning section of the program that teaches kids to master the keyboard so that they don’t have to hunt and peck for letters as the program advances. “You know,” I said to him, as he emptied his backpack and I…