Operation School Bell® Chalks Up Impressive Stats
Operation School Bell had another successful year in 2016-2017! Volunteers brought smiles and a sense of pride to nearly 3,500 St. Louis area students at 29 schools who received crisp new uniforms during our 57 dressing days. Each student was carefully fitted by an Assistance League® volunteer and was given two pairs of navy blue pants, two short-sleeve and one long-sleeve blue shirt, one fleece jacket, socks, underwear, a toothbrush, toothpaste and a book of their choice. As in past years, children waiting their turn for the dressing rooms enjoyed a variety of arts and crafts, wrote cheerful messages to hospital patients and were treated to a delightful magic show by one of our talented members.
In addition to serving students of our partner schools, Assistance League of St. Louis provided uniform clothing to nine social service agencies--including Mathews-Dickey Boys and Girls Club and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center--during the year. At the end of the year, remaining inventory, along with navy blue shorts and hygiene kits, were given to a number of schools and agencies for distribution to select children in need.
Thanks to the many Assistance League volunteers, headed by OSB Chairman Kathy Huls, as well as the school teachers and administrators who made the program run so smoothly again this year. A total of 5,700 volunteer hours were given to Operation School Bell in 2016-2017!