Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Community Spotlight

November 01, 2011

School on Wheels

Tutoring Homeless Children Since 1993

School on Wheels serves homeless children in Indianapolis homeless shelters and believes that all children, regardless of socio-economic status or housing situation, deserve a proper learning environment and educational support. By providing volunteer tutors, school supplies and uniforms to homeless children, School on Wheels inspires learning and empowers kids with the goal of ending the cycle of homelessness through education. To learn more about School on Wheels, visit, follow us on Twitter @IndySOW and ‘Like us’ on Facebook!

School on Wheels Partner-Site Tutoring Locations

• The Barton Center

• Coburn Place Safe Haven

• Dayspring Center

• Holy Family Shelter

• Holy Family Transitional Housing

• Interfaith Hospitality Network

• Project HOME

• Salvation Army Social Service Center

• Wellspring Cottage

• Wheeler Mission Center for Women and Children

• The Blue and Gold Academies, Decatur Township

• IPS No. 14 (Washington Irvin)

The JCC’s 13th Annual Ann Katz Festival of Books and Arts

Now Through November 19

The JCC announces that a second “A” has been added to the 13th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books! What was once a festival featuring authors and their publications has become a celebration of all the arts, including literary, visual, performance and musical genres.

Check out one of the many featured programs at this year’s event! A beautiful, and heart-warming true story.

Wed, November 16, 7 pm

Tom Fields-Meyer: Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism and Love from his Extraordinary Son

Writer and journalist Tom Fields-Meyer had a break-through moment when a therapist suggested that he “grieve” for the child he had expected Ezra, his autistic son, to be. Once Fields-Meyer recognized that he had not harbored any expectations for his unborn child, the author was able to step back from pushing Ezra to learn and to connect with his environment, and simply wait patiently and see where his little boy would lead him. This is a story of one father’s remarkable relationship with his son. Filled with laughter, heart-warming memoirs, and moments of truth, this book is as much about parenting in general as it is about raising an autistic child., online casual employment community, now partnering with businesses

Making it easier than ever for business owners to connect with moms!, the premier online casual employment community for stay at home and working moms, has announced several NEW business friendly features to the website.

Businesses are now able to reach the growing number of members of through website advertising, job postings, discount offerings to moms, and written reviews - most for only $1 per day.

Another improvement to the site is for the Moms themselves. The membership structure has been redone and now the site has both a regular (FREE) membership and a premium membership (~$3/month), encouraging more moms to use and join the site.

Moms simply need to create a FREE, simple profile at and they can take full advantage of site offerings. To find out more or to browse the current postings, please go to or e-mail

Box Tops for Education Celebrates 15th Anniversay

Schools across the country are feeling the pinch of budget cuts and are looking for alternative ways of raising revenue. General Mills’ Box Tops for Education program is one way families are able to earn cash for their schools by simply clipping box tops off hundreds of household brands including Cheerios, Kleenex, Ziploc, Avery and Pillsbury.

Box Tops for Education, which started in 1996, is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. In total, more than 90,000 schools have earned more than $400 million, including over $59 million last year. Schools in your community are funding field trips, playground equipment, art and science lab supplies and more.