High School Plus
This program offers guidance and assistance for students impacted by homelessness who are in high school and are interested in continuing their education. The High School Plus students are connected with colleges or vocational programs, as well as other local agencies to help them move forward with their plans. School on Wheels will assist with the application process, including financial aid, SAT registration, college visits, and scholarship opportunities. School on Wheels helps pay for school fees, books, housing deposits, and dorm supplies.
Over 12,000 high school students are homeless in Massachusetts; sadly up to 75% will drop out before graduating. School on Wheels provides services that help students graduate high school and continue their education.
We first met Marc and his family in 2009 when he was living in a family shelter located in Middleboro, Massachusetts. He received tutoring there until his family moved into housing. In June Marc graduated from Brockton High School and Marc is enrolled in the Honors Program at Suffolk. Marc is not only a student he is also a volunteer tutor.
During his senior year Marc was named a Bank of America Student Leader and published a book of poetry. Marc is not only a student in our program, he also is a volunteer and he tutors other students in our program.
We are very proud of our students currently attending college at Bridgewater State University, Brandeis University, Massasoit Community College, Newbury College, Quincy Community College, UMass Dartmouth, Suffolk University and Tufts University.
Tayler Sabella won the Sun Life Financial Rising Star Student Award and received a $5,000 college scholarship. Tayler was nominated by School on Wheels for her commitment to her education and for her outstanding service to the Brockton area.
“I am writing this letter to thank School on Wheels for helping me to pursue my education beyond high school. You have made it possible for me to be able to have a college degree and have a bright future and for that I couldn’t be more appreciative.”