Did you know that every year, there are approximately 1.6 million children who are homeless in the United States? In fact, the recession has led to a 50% increase in children identified as homeless in school districts throughout the company.
School on Wheels aims to enhance opportunities for homeless children of all ages in order to give them the best chance at reaching the highest level of education as possible. And, the Reading Kingdom is proud to be a part of the School on Wheels program.
“The Reading Kingdom is an invaluable tool in helping School on Wheels achieve our mission of providing educational opportunities for homeless children,” says Matt Raab, program leader. “The program requires very little adult supervision, which helps our tutors accomplish more, and makes our students feel independent.”
The Reading Kingdom’s own Colby Devitt has been part of the School on Wheels program since 2009. She’s been tutoring a boy name Victor, and chronicles her experiences here on the Reading Kingdom blog.
“A few years ago I felt inspired to connect my community (Los Angeles) in new ways and decided that I wanted to do some volunteer work with kids. I chose to work with School on Wheels, because they’re an extremely well run and reputable organization,” says Colby Devitt, “Tutoring Victor has been an emotionally rich experience and a source of deep joy in my life. I also love that we’ve been able to make the Reading Kingdom available to all of the homeless kids in the program. It’s so rewarding to drop by their learning centers and see these kids lining up at the computers to take their turns at “playing” in the Reading Kingdom.”
The Reading Kingdom is passionate about promoting literacy to all children – regardless of economic status. That’s why those who want the Reading Kingdom program, but cannot afford the subscription, can apply for the Reading Kingdom scholarship program, which enables children to participate for free.
“We believe that every child has the right to learn to read,” says Devitt, “So how can we turn away people who can’t afford to pay for the program?”
Learn more about the Reading Kingdom, and see if the program is right for your child.