Help Students Head Back to School

Research shows, especially for children from families in poverty, that achievement in school is strongly linked to the family’s involvement in the child’s learning process. The Harvard Family Research Project makes the case that family involvement can predict both a child’s academic achievement and social development.

School on Wheels worked with over 200 parents just like Sharon during the 2016-2017 school year to involve them more in their child’s learning process. With your help, we’ll be able to impact even more parents this year.

After fleeing an abusive relationship, Sharon and her eight-year-old son Luke recently found themselves in a series of shelters far away from where they used to live. This summer she’s looking for a new school for Luke.

Luke and Sharon 8-yr-old boy and mom resized

Right now they don’t have a permanent address and don’t know where they will be living in two weeks. Sharon can’t even begin to consider what school supplies she’ll need for Luke for the new school year. First she has to figure out how to get Luke enrolled.

School on Wheels staff members work hand-in-hand with parents like Sharon to find the school that best fits their child’s needs. We help parents navigate special laws developed to prevent educational disruption for children experiencing homelessness once they are enrolled in a stable school environment. These laws ensure homeless children have access to transportation to keep them at their current school when they move within the school system.

After we’ve worked with parents and schools to guarantee every child in our program has access to a quality education while homeless, we have school uniforms, backpacks, and supplies ready so each child is prepared for his or her first day of school – and every day after. 

You have the opportunity to help prepare our kids go back to school today!