Every school year, our flagship program Operation School Bell® provides brand-new clothing to 2,100+ students in need who are enrolled in grades K-5 in Seattle Public Schools and shelters. An Operation School Bell wardrobe includes:
Backpack | Warm coat | Two pairs of pants
Two shirts | Athletic shorts
Socks | Underwear | $25 voucher to Payless Shoe Source | Hygiene kit
We also offer options such as school uniforms, maxi skirts and leggings for girls from religiously observant families, and extended sizes so no child is turned away from Operation School Bell.
Operation School Bell is made possible by our dedicated volunteers and community partners, including:
- Family Support Program at Seattle Public Schools
- Solid Ground
- Sacred Heart Shelter
- New Beginnings
- Mary’s Place
Operation School Bell is more than a new wardrobe: These clothes have the power to elevate self-esteem, encourage better attendance, and improve academic performance. Operation School Bell empowers young students to reach their full potential by focusing on school, not their need for basic clothing. Since 1989, we have clothed more than 29,130 economically disadvantaged and at-risk students in Seattle. In the 2015-2016 year, we clothed 1,630 students through Operation School Bell, a 52% increase over the prior year. This year, 2,100 students (and counting) have received clothing through our Operation School Bell program.