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 children at selected area schools. Our goal is to ensure that every child can come to school confident that they are appropriately dressed and ready to learn. Selected schools receive an allocation of funds from which they can choose clothing from a menu of options that meets the needs of their individual students. Ancillary personal clothing and hygiene supplies are available on this menu and distributed as needed within each school. When asked about observable changes in students receiving new clothing, 80% of teachers surveyed said they recognized a positive change in student confidence and 70% reported improvement in the students’ level of engagement with peers and/or school activities. This program serves nearly 3000 students each year with a goal to expand to additional schools in the community each year.