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Classroom on Wheels of Central Texas is an educational non-profit providing curricular and extra-curricular support to teachers, parents, and students in the Region XIII Education Service area. COW programs are designed to support the intellectual growth of children, and encourage them to internalize positive habits of mind that will serve them all their lives. COW programming is designed to support Social Studies classes in area schools over and above other academic disciplines because studying the arts and humanities teaches children to draw forth certain patterns of intellectual behavior that produce powerful results, such as persistence, thinking and communicating with clarity and precision, managing impulsivity, gathering information through all senses, listening with understanding and empathy, emotional flexibility, taking responsible risks, striving for accuracy, finding humor, questioning and posing problems, and remaining open to continuous learning.
All of COW's services are free to area schools. COW is supported 100% by the people of Central Texas, and through the generous giving of our corporate sponsors.
Classroom On Wheels
Originating in December 2004, Classroom on Wheels Texas(COW-TX) was launched as an educational non-profit organization that provided curricular and extra-curricular support to teachers, parents, and students in public schools throughout Texas, and especially central Texas. Some of Cow? s programs are available to students from outside Texas, and all are highly engaging and learner-centered.
Financial Planning Program (FPP) - Supports the teaching of financial planning in public schools. Retired economics teachers are teamed with corporate mentors and financial service executives to provide students with relevant, real-world financial experience in the public school setting. Upon request, organizations in states outside Texas may replicate the program for the purposes of spreading financial literacy more broadly across the country.
Open Air Program (OAP) - Provides non-medical pediatric cancer care to students, their families, and those who support them. Cancer has a long-term treatment regimen, and many students fall behind in school as a result. This program eases the stress on school districts that have numerous homebound students and a limited number of homebound teachers. State-licensed school teachers help bridge the gap between the hospital and the school and instruct students based on plans outlined by the patient? s own teachers. In addition, highly qualified OAP chaplains serve as liaisons between the hospital personnel, pastors or ministers, and the family affected by cancer, if they so desire.
Splash Program - Takes area school children on, over, and sometimes, under the waters of central Texas to explore sites of significant archeological and/or geographical importance. It allows teachers and students to explore whole underwater worlds that they might otherwise never experience. Splash has activities that are supervised by licensed water safety experts, and all participants are required to exhibit advanced skill in swimming.
Tour of the Town Program (TOT) - Focuses on interesting micro-histories of events, sites, and people around the central Texas area. Using restored 1950 and 1960 model VW buses, individuals receive information about the area that is not generally included in the public school curriculum.
Westphalia on Wheels (WOW) - Created as a nature program for inner city children who have had limited experiences with the great outdoors. Students learn to identify plants and animals and become familiar with natural landmarks in the central Texas region.
For further information, please browse our web at www.classroomonwheelstx.com or call (512) 322-3905.
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