Empow Studios Partners with Sheprd in Newton

On-Demand Bus Service Will Ferry Students to Empow’s STEM After School Club

Empow Studios is forging an alliance that will boost after-school learning opportunities for students in the Newton area. Since announcing its new studio location in Newton, set to open June 12th, the Lexington-based technology education company has partnered with Sheprd, a Newton-based on-demand school bus service.

Beginning at the start of the 2018-2019 school year, Sheprd will ferry students from their school location to Empow’s Newton Studio at 180 Needham Street where students enrolled in the STEM After School Club (ASC) will have a chance to explore a variety of STEM offerings, forge new friendships around common interests, and finish homework.

Sheprd currently partners with more than twenty local businesses and organizations to create an on-demand system that’s convenient for parents and safe for students.

Empow Studios in Newton

“Sheprd is excited to partner with Empow Studios to increase access to an enriching and empowering program for Newton students,” says Kate Soskil, Sheprd’s Marketing Manager. “Sheprd’s mobile app uses smart technology to allow parents to easily schedule one-time or recurring rides in Sheprd’s fleet of 7D School Pupil Transport certified Premium SUVs,” she notes. “Sheprd vehicles are driven by dedicated Sheprd employees who have gone through extensive background checks (local and national), Sheprd driving tests, pediatric first-aid certification, and are 7D School Pupil Transport certified by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.”

Sheprd Team
Pictured is the Sheprd team along with their fleet of Premium SUVs.

“I’m happy to be partnering with a fellow Newton business to provide this great solution for our parents,” says Empow Studios’ Newton Site Director Michelle Meyer, who applauds Sheprd for the way it has catered to the needs of local families.

“Offering safe and flexible youth transportation is a wonderful example of innovative out-of-the-box thinking,” adds Meyer. “This is the same type of innovative thinking that we teach in our enrichment classes!”

“I’m very excited about this partnership, both as a parent and an educator,” says Empow Studios Founder and Newton resident Leonid Tunik. “Sheprd brings a lot of value to busy Newton families, freeing parents from the job of taxi driver, and helping us to build a vibrant after-school program.”

Sheprd booking App

About Sheprd Ride Planning

Parents who use Sheprd book transportation up to 8 p.m. the night before the ride. Rides can be booked after 8 p.m. and even the day of the ride, but may be subject to availability and are assessed a $5 last minute scheduling fee. To track rides, Sheprd sends parents notifications regarding the status of the ride and creates a daily roster of students using Sheprd to ensure students make it safely into and out of the facility. Parents who register for the Newton STEM After School Club and book rides through Sheprd will receive 10% off of each ride.

To start using Sheprd, parents can download the mobile app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sheprd/id1227359025?mt=8 and create an account.

Sheprd staff is available to answer questions and can be reached directly at hello@sheprd.us or 617-564-0725.

To register for the STEM After School Club or enrichment classes taking place at the Newton studio, please click the button below.

Register for Newton STEM Classes