Operation School Bell® Clothes for Kids
Operation School Bell Clothes for Kids partners with Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Richfield Public Schools to provide new school clothing to economically disadvantaged school children. The goal of this program is to help the children feel better about themselves and to remove the stress and worry associated with not having appropriate school clothing. When asked about observable changes in students receiving new clothing, 80% of teachers surveyed said they’ve observed a positive change in student confidence and 70% of teachers reported improvement in the students’ level of engagement with peers and/or school activities. During the 2020-21 school year, over 1400 students received school clothing despite challenges presented by the pandemic. Typically, this program serves more than 3000 students each year. A supplemental program, Clothes for Kids Plus, provides ancillary clothing and hygiene supplies to our partner schools to be distributed as needed.