Helping Kids in Need Succeed Thousands of children in Indianapolis do not have adequate school clothing. This often diminishes their performance in school. Operation School Bell offers new clothing to children that live in poverty, helping them to arrive at school ready to learn. Social workers and staff from the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Metropolitan School Districts of Lawrence, Pike, Warren, and Washington Townships identify and refer the kindergarten through grade six students served by this program.
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Assistance League purchases new clothing and items given to students at a wholesale price from vendors. During their visit to Operation School Bell, children are treated with respect and dignity. The utmost care is taken to select the correct size, even if it means an item for a hard to fit student is later delivered to his or her school. The Operation School Bell Shop is located in the IPS Professional Development Center at Forest Manor. School district social workers screen and identify students who are in need of clothing.
Gives Self Esteem
Each child receives a duffel bag, winter coat, hat, gloves, socks, underwear, belt, and three polo type shirts. In addition, the child chooses two items from Operation School Bell's inventory of navy or khaki pants, skorts, jumpers, or jeans. Assistance League volunteers work one-on-one with each child, and aid them in selecting items from an array of colors and styles in their size. A hygiene kit, school supplies, and two books are supplied as well.
Support Operation School Bell
Since 1984, over 48,000 Indianapolis area students have been provided new clothing through Operation School Bell. Besides meeting a fundamental need, the clothes and items given children at Operation School Bell raises their self esteem enabling them to be more successful in the classroom. Help a child prepare for school with a duffel bag filled with a new warm winter coat, two complete outfits for school, a pair of socks, underwear, hat, gloves, two books, and hygiene and school supplies, for a donation of $90.
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