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Teaching L.A.’s homeless

<p>Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. School on Wheels uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks, motels, and two centers. There has been a surge in the number of homeless children in Los Angeles in the last five years, due to persistent unemployment and mounting foreclosures. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. School on Wheels uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks, motels, and two...more

Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. School on Wheels uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks, motels, and two centers. There has been a surge in the number of homeless children in Los Angeles in the last five years, due to persistent unemployment and mounting foreclosures. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jayla studies on a computer at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California February 9, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Jayla studies on a computer at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California February 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jayla studies on a computer at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California February 9, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jayla (L) gathers her books for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where she lives with her mother Rosonia (R) in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jayla waits for her tutor to arrive at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jayla waits for her tutor to arrive at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jayla waits for her tutor to arrive at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jayla (R) studies with her tutor Ashley Kashiwabara at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Jayla (R) studies with her tutor Ashley Kashiwabara at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jayla (R) studies with her tutor Ashley Kashiwabara at the shelter where she lives in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Rosonia (L) washes the face of her daughter Jayla in preparation for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where they live in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Rosonia (L) washes the face of her daughter Jayla in preparation for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where they live in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Rosonia (L) washes the face of her daughter Jayla in preparation for her weekly tutoring at the shelter where they live in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Regional coordinator Charles Evans (C) picks up children from school to take them to an after-school program at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Regional coordinator Charles Evans (C) picks up children from school to take them to an after-school program at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Regional coordinator Charles Evans (C) picks up children from school to take them to an after-school program at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Janette, 10, (L-R) Alicia, 6, and Nicole, 9 walk back to the shelter where they sleep after studying at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Janette, 10, (L-R) Alicia, 6, and Nicole, 9 walk back to the shelter where they sleep after studying at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Janette, 10, (L-R) Alicia, 6, and Nicole, 9 walk back to the shelter where they sleep after studying at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Regional coordinator Charles Evans (2nd R) leads children into South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. The center is run by School on Wheels, which uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks, motels, and two centers. There has been a surge in the number of homeless children in Los Angeles in the last five years, due to persistent unemployment and mounting foreclosures. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>

Regional coordinator Charles Evans (2nd R) leads children into South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. The center is run by School on Wheels, which uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks,...more

Regional coordinator Charles Evans (2nd R) leads children into South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. The center is run by School on Wheels, which uses volunteers to tutor homeless children in shelters, parks, motels, and two centers. There has been a surge in the number of homeless children in Los Angeles in the last five years, due to persistent unemployment and mounting foreclosures. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Nicole, 9, (L) studies with regional coordinator Charles Evans at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Nicole, 9, (L) studies with regional coordinator Charles Evans at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Nicole, 9, (L) studies with regional coordinator Charles Evans at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jeanquis, 6, jumps a rope outside South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jeanquis, 6, jumps a rope outside South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jeanquis, 6, jumps a rope outside South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Sisters Jamie, 9, (L) and Jamella, 8, do their homework at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Sisters Jamie, 9, (L) and Jamella, 8, do their homework at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Sisters Jamie, 9, (L) and Jamella, 8, do their homework at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Jamella, 8, counts with an abacus at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Jamella, 8, counts with an abacus at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Jamella, 8, counts with an abacus at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>Dalechia, 13, sharpens a pencil at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

Dalechia, 13, sharpens a pencil at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Dalechia, 13, sharpens a pencil at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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<p>James, 10, calls for a tutor at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011.  REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson </p>

James, 10, calls for a tutor at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

James, 10, calls for a tutor at South Los Angeles Learning Center in Los Angeles, California March 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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