We see the community pull together in so many ways to help the children we serve achieve academic success. This support includes volunteer tutors, individual donors and corporate supporters. Today we highlight 2015 Education Celebration co-presenter, BMO Harris Bank, for their history of generous support.
BMO Harris Bank has been a supporter of School on Wheels for the past five years. Not only do they provide financial support to our organization, but they are actively involved with us on a volunteer level. Scott Dvornik, SVP Relationship Manager of Middle Market Banking at BMO Harris Bank, sits on School on Wheels’ Board of Directors. Scott replaced long-time board member Andrew Cardimen, BMO Managing Director and Regional Sales Manager, in 2014. These two men are wonderful leaders at BMO and have provided strong volunteer leadership at School on Wheels.
In addition to high level volunteer support, BMO involves other employees in creative volunteer efforts that truly impact our kids. This past winter break, BMO employees assembled 100 Winter Break Boredom-Beater kits for all the children currently in our program. They purchased the materials and did all the prep work at their annual holiday gathering in Chicago. Our kids were thrilled with these bags that contained A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein, a sketch book, a set of colored pencils, a “how to draw” book and a Mad Libs book. These clever kits helped prevent learning loss over break and served to remind our kids that educational activities are fun!
Thanks to BMO Harris Bank for creating full circle support for School on Wheels and our academic intervention programs for children experiencing homelessness. It’s because of supporters like BMO that we are able to equip the children we serve with the tools necessary to break the cycle of homelessness through education.
You can help support our kids by attending the 2015 Education Celebration! Save the date for April 16 at The Crane Bay Event Center. Due to BMO Harris Bank and Defender, our event co-presenters, 100% of ticket proceeds directly support the programs the impact the children School on Wheels serves.