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.

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.

Operation School Bell

Studies show that children who come appropriately dressed can improve school attendance and classroom performance. The program serves schools in Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD, and Alief ISD as well as Harris County Head Start Area 1. Students classified as economically disadvantaged visit local area stores for “Shopping Days” where students can purchase appropriate clothing.

If you would like uniforms....

We will be working with elementary schools in Houston ISD, Spring Branch ISD, Alief ISD, and Area 1 Head Start. We have switched to a “Shopping Days” format where we will partner with local-area Target, Walmart and The Uniform Superstore stores and have the students and parents shop for uniforms, Each student is given an allowance to spend at their designated day and store. 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  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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