Children in need are invited to shop at a retail store, one who partners with Assistance League, to pick new clothes for school. They leave with big grins and a renewed sense of confidence.
Operation School Bell was a resounding success this year. Assistance League of Denver teamed up with four Denver Public Schools and four Aurora Public Schools plus the Aurora Welcome Center. Denver schools were invited to send all of their students to shop. The Aurora schools chose the students who participated in the event. The student and parent arrived with their letter in hand that allowed them to shop at the event. Assistance League of Denver partnered with the J. C. Penney store at Northfield Stapleton for shopping on four Sundays from 8 to 11 before the store opened to the general public. We chose two schools to be Assistance League Schools. Both of these schools will have all of their students participate in Operation School Bell® and Arts for Kids, a literacy program. English classes will be provided for parents as well. In total we worked with 1,993 students providing each child with $90 worth of school clothes. J. C. Penney added an additional 15% discount so that the students shopped for $103.50 worth of clothes. There were approximately 50 Assistance League of Denver members who helped with the student shopping experience. Assistance League of Denver provided 2 free books and health kits to each child as well.
In the school year of 2019-2020 Assistance League of Denver is providing the funds for 13 Denver/Aurora schools to set up clothing closets in their respective schools. Assistance League of Denver will finish off the school year working with three additional schools to provide clothing for all the students in the school. We expect to help 1,031 students receive new clothes through this program.
Assistance League of Denver works with schools, not individuals, in order to help as many students as possible. Individuals needing help may contact Clothes for Kids, a non profit organization working with individual families.
It takes a village of volunteers!
Picking out new clothes is fun!