Self-esteem is the first step to success in school and in life.  Operation School Bell levels the playing field for in-need school kids by providing them with brand new school clothes, just like everybody else.

In 2018 – 2019, Operation School Bell helped improve the self-esteem of 4,631 students.

What we do...

Since 1965 we have had the privilege of providing school clothes to over 99,139 children and teens, one child at a time. Most of these receive clothing through a personal shopping experience in our building. We also provide personalized bags of new clothing to preschool children through the Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program (ECEAP) program. Currently we have long-standing agreements with 15 school districts throughout Snohomish County.

Each Child Receives:

  • Three pairs of jeans, pants or leggings
  • One  jacket
  • One sweatshirt
  • Three shirts
  • Six pairs of underwear
  • Six pairs of socks
  • One personal hygiene care kit
  • One pair of shoes
  • One book of their choice

Teen Retail Program

In partnership with local Fred Meyer stores, qualified high school students are invited to shop for appropriate school attire. High schools are scheduled over 16 nights in the fall, with between 50 and 75 students participating per night. Students may choose clothing and shoes up to $125 in total cost. Our members assist students with checking in and out. Currently we have been able to provide this experience for approximately 1,000 teens per year.

2018 -2019 Operation School Bell Statistics

2,963 students, primarily in elementary and middle school, were served at our School Bell facility.

972 high school students were served through Teen Retail

696 preschool children received prepacked bags of new clothing personalized for their gender, size and color preferences.