This week of Thanksgiving is when many of us begin a season long focus on all that we have to be thankful for. At the same time, the inequities that exist in the world become magnified. For as many people who have an abundance of things for which to be thankful, just as many are in need — in need of food, shelter, a support system or even just a friend.
At School on Wheels we are so happy that we work with children who, though they lack a home to call their own, are counting all the things for which they have to be thankful. And that’s because of our amazing partners who provide shelter and meals to these children and their families. It’s because of our donors who help us develop the right curriculum for these students and allow us to spend one-on-one time with their parents so they can become fully invested in their children’s education. It’s because of our volunteers who dedicate almost 6,000 hours each school year to give these children the one-on-one tutoring support they need to succeed academically. It’s because of the teachers, the social workers, the advocates and the community members who come together and create a web of support for children and families experiencing homelessness.
Our children see these efforts put forth by the whole community and are so thankful.