Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell provides elementary and middle-school students a shopping for brand-new clothing. The children leave with a huge bag of new clothes, wide grins and a renewed sense of confidence.

Washoe County School District personnel identify the students at the individual schools and submit the list to the Operation School Bell committee. Students attend a scheduled shopping event with their parents or guardians at the retail store closest to the school. The event happens after school so the students do not miss valuable school time. When students check in, they receive a wristband and a list of appropriate items to purchase. Assistance League member-volunteers work at the event, assisting at check in, adding up merchandise, and helping with check out and bagging. At the checkout stand, students receive a grooming kit. Since Operation School Bell started in 1984, approximately 60,000 children have been dressed under this program.

Operation School Bell celebrated its 31th year of operation in Reno-Sparks in 2015-16.  Beginning in September, we scheduled 31 clothing events in Reno, Sparks, and Fernley.  We clothed a total number of 3,100 students this year at an average cost of $86 per student.  

Please help us dress our children for a quality educational experience.

Note: Your online payment — by credit card or from an existing PayPal account — is processed securely with PayPal. You may change “quantity” to have your donation dress more than one child.