Operation School Bell provides new school clothes to underprivileged children living in the Victor Valley. Properly clothed, and with a sense of pride in their appearance, they attend school with anticipation, improved attendance and an eagerness to learn.
The Beginning — Operation School Bell began in 1987 providing new school clothes to 214 students. Over the years, disadvantaged children from kindergarten through sixth grade have come with their parents to the Assistance League of Victor Valley Operation School Bell office and received two complete sets of school clothes and a winter coat from caring member volunteers.
Result — Since the Operation School Bell program began, 27,244 local children have received school clothing. In 2017-2018 alone, we provided clothing to 1,357 students.
Today — Students from grade K – 5 and Middle School children grade 6 – 8 attend shopping events at two local department stores where they choose their own school-appropriate clothing, with the help of their parents and Assistance League member volunteers. The students also receive shoe cards and toiletries. This coming fall of 2018, we are excited to be partnering with Target, as well as Fallas.
The results of the Outcome survey of local school staff partnering with Victor Valley Assistance League program Operation School Bell indicate that 64% of participating students demonstrated a positive change in classroom behavior, confidence and level of engagement with peers and/or school activities, with 21% of students demonstrating a significant change. Operation School Bell resulted in an 84% positive impact on our students.
Future — Our goal is to continue providing school clothes to a larger number of young school children and expanding the program to include older students.
This is where our “SOCK IT TO ‘EM” fundraising campaign invites you to be part of this great program. It takes $100 to $125 to clothe one child. Your tax-deductible contribution, small or large, makes it possible.
Watch your mailbox starting in August 2018!
Operation School Bell