Since opening in 1987, Operation School Bell has dressed in excess of 90,000 students!!
Children without adequate clothing often suffer low self-esteem, difficulty with peer relations and poor attendance. Students are identified by USD 259 social workers for assistance through Operation School Bell. An appointment is made to attend a shopping session at JC Penney at Towne West Mall.
Students and their parents go shopping for school-appropriate clothing and also receive a personal hygiene kit containing toiletries.
During the 2019-2020 school year, 2,796 students participated in Operation School Bell. The children left with a bag of new clothes, a hygiene kit and a smile.
During the 2019-2020 school year, over 2800 students participated in Operation School Bell.
Here are a few thank you notes from children.
ALW MEMBERS VOLUNTEERED THOUSANDS OF HOURS FOR OPERATION SCHOOL BELL LAST YEAR AND THE OPERATION SCHOOL BELL COMMITTEE IS ALREADY WORKING ON PLANS FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR.
ALW members enjoy watching the children’s excitement as they shop. Our retail partner, JC Penney, provides assistance to parents and students during the shopping sessions. The pictures below show our volunteers and some of the children and families.
Assistance League of Wichita would like to thank the following grantors and businesses for their generous donations in support of Operation School Bell:
TLC Moving Wichita
Spirit AeroSystems Good Neighbor Fund
Ross and Marianna Beach Family Foundation
Wells Fargo Corporate Giving
USD 259 Employees Friendship Fund
Learjet Employees Care Fund
Dwane and Velma Wallace Charitable Foundation
JCPenney Communities Foundation