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 2,302 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 check in students, bagged at the cash registers and helped the students and their families shop. Assistance League of Denver Auxiliary provided 2 free books and health kits to each child as well.
Happy group picking out new school supplies
Check out line at J.C. Penney!
Lots of items to buy at Operation School Bell!
Nike shoes too!