Backpacks and School on Wheels

Aug 21, 2010 by Lisa Newton

It’s that time of year again, it’s Back to School time.

If you’re local school hasn’t started yet, it soon will. Another summer is over, and it’s time to get back to the books.

When my kids were going to school, I built a small bookcase which was strategically placed very close to the front door. We called it, “The Backpack Rack” and for good reason.

As soon as the kids came in the door from a hard day at the “office,” their backpacks were placed there, along with anything else they had to take to school with them.

When it was time to do homework, of course, the backpacks moved around, but before bedtime, all the backpacks, along with any needed additional items were placed back on, you guessed it, The Backpack Rack.

In the morning, when it was time to rush out the door, and rush is the right word here, I thanked my lucky stars for having the Backpack Rack. It was quite the time saver.

Unfortunately, do you know that there are children in the LA area now that cannot afford a backpack, and don’t even own one?

Well there’s at least one local organization which is trying to change that.

It’s name is School on Wheels:

Started in 1993 by in Agnes Stevens, a retired teacher, School on Wheels mission is to:

Enhance the educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest education possible.

Free supply-filled backpacks are only one of the areas of focus for School on Wheels. They also specialize in:

  • One-on-one weekly tutoring
  • Assistance in entering school
  • Help in locating lost records
  • Parent guidance in educational matters for their children

Currently there are more than 14,000 children–with an average age of 9–living in Los Angeles who are homeless. This is an important issue and situation which we can all agree on that’s intolerable and unacceptable.

You can make a difference through the School on Wheels program.

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One Response to “Backpacks and School on Wheels”

  1. Curtis Muncy says:

    Great! I’ve been hunting for information on this most of the week. I wish there was more info about this. I really appreciate the post


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