Dressing Children in Need (K-5)
In Houston Public Schools

Our Mission

The Operation School Bell program promotes self-esteem and self-confidence in children resulting in a more successful education experience. For many children these are the first new school clothes they have ever worn. We are proud to celebrate our 49th year of service to the children in the Houston community.

Operation School Bell beginnings…

Operation School Bell is the signature philanthropic program for the 120 chapters across the United States. It was founded in 1958 with humble beginnings as a clothes closet in a Los Angeles schoolroom. Ruth Ann Montgomery, then a teacher, discovered that members of one family were alternating their days in school because they had to share clothes.

In 2017-2018, Operation School Bell dressed 1,285 students

In 2017 – 2018, Assistance League of Houston implemented a new method of distribution by inviting students and families to “Shopping Days”. Durring the Shopping event, families could shop for school appropriate uniforms. For 2017-2018, Assistance League of Houston clothed 1,285 Pre-Kindergarten and elementary children in Houston Independent School District, Spring Branch Independent School District, Alief Independent School District, Klein Independent School District, Emergency Aid Coalition, Yellowstone Academy, and Pre-Kindergarten students (ages 3-5) in the Harris County Head Start Area 1 program. School counselors identify children who qualify for uniform packages based on an established criteria. Please contact your child’s school counselor for qualifying requirements. Requests for uniform packages must come through your child’s school counselor or principal.

Our Shopping Days Partner:

We would like to thank our 2017-2018 partners:

    Exxon Mobil Spouses and Retirees

If you would like uniforms for 2018-19

For the 2018-2019 school year, we will be working with elementary schools in Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Alief ISD, Klein ISD, Yellowstone Academy, Emergency Aid Coalition ,and Area 1 Head Start. We have switched to a “Shopping Days” format where we will partner with local-area Walmart and The Uniform Superstore stores and have the students and parents shop for uniforms at $75 per student. The students will be invited based on an approved list through the school’s counselor.  If you need school uniforms, please contact your counselor, principal, or CIS worker at your school after August 15th to see if Operation School Bell is set up in your school and if you are eligible for the program.

Our Members Volunteered Over 5,300 Hours for Operation School Bell Last Year!

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News & Events

Operation School Bell® #GivingTuesday

 Operation School Bell® This program is the signature philanthropic program of the National Assistance League and one of the oldest and largest of Assistance League of Houston’s programs in which school uniforms are provided to economically disadvantaged schoolchildren. The objectives of this program are to clothe the children making it possible for them to attend […]

Hugs, Appreciation Inspire Assistance League of Houston Volunteers to take Kids Shopping

The Mayorga-Real family’s quintuplets and their mother hugged the ladies who helped them shop for free school uniforms.  The family has an older brother at home and appreciated the help of Assistance League® of Houston to get the kids ready for school.  “They even blessed us after they received the clothes,” said Assistance League’s Stella Evensen. […]

Assistance League of Houston is featured in the Spring Branch ISD “The School Zone: News”

THE SCHOOL ZONE: NEWS Operation School Bell Teams Up With Target Sep 20 2018 1:13 PM Next time you visit a Spring Branch ISD school and see all the students in red or blue shirts and khaki shorts or long pants, call out a special “Thank You!” to the Assistance League of Houston and Target. More than 300 qualifying […]