Community Outreach - Philanthropic Programs
Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell is the flagship Philanthropic Program of National Assistance League®. Children in need are identified by their counselors and are provided new clothing. Assistance League of San Antonio started dressing children, grades Kindergarten through 5th, in 1991. Over 130 volunteers sign up to work in this program each year. We "dress" three to four days a week with a maximum of 30 children per day.
During the 2011-2012 school year, 2,821 children through Operation School Bell were dressed in 127 elementary Title 1 schools. Included in that number are 326 students dressed through emergency need. Uniform vouchers were issued to 1,147 students.There were 150 holiday Payless shoes vouchers given to students. Through our Teacher's Grants program, 505 children were touched by our grants. A total of 4,623 children were served by Operation School Bell in Title 1 schools in 9 San Antonio area school districts. Our Operation School Bell "store" is located at 2611 West Avenue adjacent to our Thrift House. Children are transported by school district buses.
Upon arriving at Operation School Bell, the children are greeted by our volunteers. While waiting their turn,the children will be shown a safety film, "RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT" which includes "stranger danger" information. Each child will receive two new outfits, a new coat, hygiene kit, socks, underwear, school box, and a $15 Payless shoe voucher.All students receive a dictionary.
The Assistance League of San Antonio is proud of this opportunity to enhance the students' self-esteem and improve their school attendance by providing clothing to school children in the San Antonio area.