Posts Tagged ‘School on Wheels’

A Drab Building Houses a Bright Future

In the past few months, while I’ve been working to set up the conditions to enable Victor to do the Reading Kingdom on a regular basis, I’ve also introduced the program to two learning centers run by School on Wheels. The other day I visited one of the centers in the neighborhood formerly named South Central. In 2003 the city…

A Good Samaritan Donates a Computer

In my efforts to get Victor to use the Reading Kingdom I promised his mother that I would try to get him a donated laptop. School on Wheels volunteers are discouraged from giving large gifts, so I figured a donation would be the way to go. I put an ad on Craigslist. “Donate used laptop to help homeless kid learn…

A Promise

Guess what? The drug didn’t make Victor less angry, and only occasionally more attentive. At times he loved learning and other times hated it. He frequently responded to not being able to do something with tantrums, threats or stubborn refusals. Sometimes I could navigate through his resistance and nudge him down a path that enabled him to accept my help…

Three Months Later the Honeymoon was Over

That idyllic first session with Victor, where he hunkered down to his homework, resisting the lure of new presents and other distractions, was never to be repeated. By February, I knew him to be a much more complex, endearing and troubled boy than I had glimpsed in our first meeting. I had also grown to love him. Victor had a…

Just One Hour

Last November I volunteered to tutor a homeless child for one hour a week through a program called Schools on Wheels. `One hour a week?’ I thought. I can easily do that. At the volunteer orientation I learned all sorts of disheartening facts. There are 1.5 million homeless people in the US — 290,000 of them live in California and 14,000  live…