Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell provides new clothing and supplies to local elementary and middle school students in need.
- 2,983 total (2,501 elementary/482 middle school) children in eight area school districts received services though Operation School Bell during 2016-2017.
- 29,373 elementary and middle school children have been clothed over the last 25 years of Operation School Bell's operation.
- Seventh year of operation for the middle school program - 1,802 middle school students served since inception.
- During the 2016-2017 school year, 100% of school counselors felt the program had a positive or significant change on student confidence for participating students, 76% of school counselors felt the program had a positive or significant change in classroom behavior for participating students and 75% of school counselors felt the program had a positive or significant change in level of engagement with peers and/or school activities for participating students.
A parent comment: "Honestly, my child really is always excited. It's the only time she gets to feel what it's like to shop other than what we receive from others cleaning out their closets."
A teacher comment: "...this program has been helpful in boosting student confidence by decreasing the social issues related to wearing the right clothes."
A counselor comment: "...students self-concept soars...even in the days ahead..."
A grandparent of a participating student wrote this note, "...I want to thank everyone involved for your kindness and generosity and helping provide my grandson with wonderful school clothes to help him feel proud of his appearance and be successful at school this year."
Student comments: "..."it felt really cool and special" and " Thank you for the clothes. The clothes fit on very well and I really like the red jacket I got."
A counselor comment: "OSB provides a positive relational experience as well as a resource of new clothing which are factors that build resilience for students at risk."
Another parent comment: "Attending Operation School Bell not only helps relieve some of the financial burden for our entire family, it gives my 7-year-old daughter a sense of independence to be allowed to choose what she likes to wear."