Operation School Bell®

The organization continues to grow and has made inroads in meeting the needs of nearly 8,000 children living in poverty in Southern Utah.

The Washington County School District notes that nearly 1,000 of the nearly 30,000 students registered to attend school were homeless and in desperate need of basic clothing and supplies. These children and others living in low-income households are the target population for Operation School Bell.

Our focus is on Title 1 schools. These are the schools with large concentrations of low-income students which is determined by the number of students that are enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. There are eleven (11) Title 1 schools in Washington County. One (1) school is at 100% and goes down to 61% of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. There are also six (6) additional schools with more than 50% of their students who are on free or reduced lunch but do not qualify for Title 1. Thirty-six (36) schools in Southern Utah have participated in Assistance League’s Operation School Bell program in the past year.

Thanks again to all the members of Assistance League in the St George area and to all those who are willing to generously donate their monetary support. On behalf of the Washington County School District administration, school personnel, students, and parents, we appreciate all you do to make our students’ lives better!!

Support Services Coordinator at Washington County School District

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Low income school-aged children receive new clothes, shoes, hand-knitted hats, and dental supplies. When a child’s basic needs are met, they can focus on their education and have a better opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

Last fiscal year, 897 children from 36 schools ranging across Southern Utah and Northern Arizona from St George, Ivins, Santa Clara, Beryl, Enterprise, Cedar City to Hildale, Colorado City & Beaver Dam received new school clothing and/or shoes, or school supplies.

Literacy

Operation School Bell focuses on enhancing literacy opportunities for children in need:

  • Materials for summer reading and preschool literacy programs for 300 students;
  • 510 children participated in rural reading programs;
  • 12 members volunteered multiple times to work with the kids in the Optional Extended Kindergarten program;
  • 356 books were donated to Beaver Dam Elementary
We are so grateful to the Assistance League for the amazing preschool reading program we were privileged to participate in! We all loved having grandmas and grandpas come into our classroom to read with us. Thank you from the bottom of our preschool hearts!

Red Mountain School Teacher

Community Outreach

Provides a flexible, rapid-response strategy by which Assistance League of Southern Utah can respond to specific community needs.

Our Adopt a School program assists students and educators with special requirements as needed.
These funds are used to provide extras for a school or classroom and typically involve supplies.

I have heard from many students that they say they feel like “a normal kid”. One student kept the price tags and taped them to his bedroom wall, saying, “I’ve never had something with a price tag before! I got to take off my very own price tags.”

School Counselor