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Agnes Stevens dies at 79; former nun and schoolteacher founded School on Wheels
Agnes Stevens dies at 79; former nun and schoolteacher founded School on Wheels

Agnes Stevens, a former nun and schoolteacher who founded School on Wheels, a nonprofit group that helps homeless children stay in school by giving them tutors, backpacks and other support services, died Feb. 13 in Ventura. She was 79. The cause was complications from Sjogren's syndrome, an autoimmune disease, said her brother, Bill Stevens. Stevens formed School on Wheels in 1993 after 30 years of teaching elementary school. In two decades it has grown from a one-woman operation to a nationally recognized program with 1,800 volunteer tutors serving 3,000 homeless students a year throughout Southern California. The tutors come from all walks of life and go wherever homeless...

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