School on Wheels has been providing students impacted by homelessness with the educational tools and support necessary to achieve academic success for the past 20 years.
There are over 5,000 children impacted by homelessness in Marion County each year who are living with their families in shelters, motels, cars, or doubled up with friends and family. Without intervention, children impacted by homelessness frequently read below grade level, are twice as likely to repeat a grade, and are less likely to graduate. The pandemic is increasing the education equity gap for these students and studies demonstrate that the average learning loss experienced by students impacted by homelessness is more than a year.
School on Wheels provides tutoring and academic support services through strategic alliances with 24 public schools and shelters, including emergency, transitional, and permanent supportive housing providers at no cost to the children and families we serve. A single month of tutoring and academic support for one student costs $200. Working with the whole family, students in grades K-12 receive tutoring and academic support, while their parents/guardians receive education-based case management including PreK resources for younger siblings and work towards educational goals for their family.
When you donate to School on Wheels, you're addressing the growing education equity gap for students impacted by homelessness. Your generosity helps create access to critical technology, supply snacks and school supplies for our students; recruit, train, and support volunteers; and continue our direct service programs for families experiencing homelessness.
We're thrilled to announce that the next $25,000 in gifts will be doubled! An anonymous family foundation, inspired by the efforts of supporters like you, has provided a $25,000 matching gift to help us meet our Share the Love goal.
Together with our community of volunteers, friends, and supporters, we're raising $50,000 by February 28 to provide a full month of tutoring and academic support for 250 children impacted by homelessness!