Once a month during the school year, Assistance League of San Bernardino and its Operation School Bell program, dresses children in new school clothes. This month 44 children from 14 schools were served.
Children who go to school without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem. Students (kindergarten through 12th grade) are identified by San Bernardino City Unified School District personnel and brought to Operation School Bell by school personnel.
Students “go shopping” for brand new clothing and are outfitted from head to toe with the assistance of one of their caring member volunteers.
The children of San Bernardino served by Operation School Bell are from families of every ethnic, religious and racial background who cannot afford to buy new clothes.
The simple act of providing new clothing to a child has strengthened self-esteem, promoted school attendance and inspired scholastic achievement in children who have participated in Operation School Bell. Often, this is the first set of new clothes a child has ever had.
Each child receives a pair of jeans or dress pants, shirt, sweatshirt or jacket, pair of shoes, packages of underwear and socks, a personal hygiene kit, a book of their choice, and a backpack.
Assistance League of San Bernardino supports this program through generous donations, grants and their Annual Signature Headdress Ball.
For more information on how you can help or if you would like to volunteer visit their website at www.assistanceleague.org/san-bernardino or call (909) 731-0654.