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Make the Most of Fall Break

Students across Indianapolis are enjoying fall break! But just because class isn’t in session doesn’t mean there aren’t opportunities for all kids to learn and grow! After kiddos catch up on sleep, parents and kids can do something together that will help them become more well-rounded individuals and help them stay engaged even while on […]

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A Light Bulb Moment

While other kids might carry an action figure or gaming system around with them, Anthony carries something much more practical; a AAA battery. That may seem like a strange thing to keep around at all times, but at tutoring one evening, that battery saved the day. Anthony was working on his homework, and his tutor […]

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Tutor Tips: Advice for New Tutors

It’s natural that each individual who starts volunteering with School on Wheels has some apprehension about being a new tutor. While we know each person will positively impact our students, we also want to reassure our volunteers by answering some of the questions they have about the tutoring session or just working with kids in […]

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Meet the Staff: Kayla Bacon

Every few months, we’ll be introducing you to a new School on Wheels staff member so you can learn more about the people who make our programs run successfully! This month, we’re highlighting Kayla Bacon, our Communications Coordinator. What is your role at School on Wheels? I have the fun responsibility of running our social media […]

THANK YOU VISTAS! Welcome Shalyn and Samantha

School on Wheels has been incredibly fortunate to have worked with AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members throughout the past three years. These volunteers have selflessly assisted in launching new programs, developing processes, streamlining technology and building the capacity of the organization.  They have collectively volunteered over 20,000 hours and have help raised […]

A Message of Thanks to our Tutors

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 21 – 27th, 2013 As we approach National Volunteer Appreciation Week, I am reminded of the many magical moments I have experienced during the tutoring hour.  Experiences that one tutor recently described as, “little moments that add up to a very big, rewarding experience.”  At first, I only thought […]

Tutoring Victor: More than just homework

Here at School on Wheels, our staff and volunteers strive to help our students get the most of the tutoring hour.  Sometimes this simply means giving them the help they need with their homework, but often it is much more. In this video Autumn, one of our program coordinators, works with tutors to help Victor […]

Defender Direct Rises to the Occasion

Last fall, 5 employees at Defender Direct learned that there are over 3,000 homeless kids in Indianapolis, and wanted to help out.  Outside their office, they displayed 3,000 cut-out ‘kids’ to bring attention to the issue of childhood homelessness. Then, they directed that energy into action. They created a donation page on First Giving’s website. […]

Good and Bad News for the Holiday

I have good and bad news for you.  We’ll start with the good.  We know that our tutoring programs are working because most of our kids (74%) are maintaining or improving their grades despite being homeless.  This is well above the standard for homeless children and youth.  However, the bad news is that, in Indianapolis, […]