Meet Sam

School on Wheels tutors over 100 children experiencing homelessness each month, but do you know the impact those tutoring hours have on the children we serve? Sam is here to help you learn more about how School on Wheels helps students experiencing homelessness overcome obstacles and achieve academic success.

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Across the United States, of the 50 million children attending public school, over 1 million are homeless. And over 5,000 of those children experiencing homelessness are in Indianapolis, Indiana alone.

Meet sam- homelessness statsAccording to the Indiana Department of Education, there are an estimated 5,200 children experiencing homelessness each school year. This includes children staying in shelters, sharing a living space with other families, or sleeping without a bed each night.

Sam represents just one of the children experiencing homelessness in Indianapolis. Sam graduated kindergarten while living in a motel, and started 3rd grade in a shelter. With each move to temporary housing, Sam falls farther behind in school.

Did you know homeless students change schools an average of three times while homeless? Each time a student changes schools, it takes that student four to six months to catch up academically.

With each move, Sam loses touch with old friends and has to make new ones while meeting new teachers, catching up on new subjects, and learning to navigate a new set of expectations in a new school. Eventually the struggle to keep up will become too much and Sam, like many students in the same situation, has the potential to drop out.

Students experiencing homelessness are more likely than their low-income peers to drop out of school, repeat a grade, perform poorly on tests and in the classroom, be disengaged in class, and suffer from learning disabilities and behavior problems.

That’s why School on Wheels exists. We recognizes these obstacle and develop specialized curriculum and programs for students and their parents to help students like Sam get the help they need during one of the most traumatic periods in their young lives. School on Wheels is the reason so many kids like Sam succeed academically. 

Explore our site to learn more and then join us as a donor, advocate, or volunteer. Together we can break the cycle of homelessness through education.