Imagine a child who has to attend school not wearing underwear or socks, a child who owns only one pair of pants, who goes to school without a jacket or only has flip flops to wear in the middle of winter. This is the daily reality for thousands of children in our Salt Lake community. Operation School Bell has outfitted over 85,000 of these children since its initiation in 1976.
Each year over 5,000 preschool, elementary and junior high children in Salt Lake, Granite, Murray, Jordan and Park City school districts return to the classroom with new parkas, jeans, sweatshirts, shirts, underwear, socks and shoes thanks to Operation School Bell. Schools identify and refer children that are in need of this service. Delivery is yearlong with a major thrust in September, October and November.
There is a clear and growing need in our community for these services. School psychologists and social workers have observed that children who come to school inadequately dressed are at a disadvantage. Appropriate school clothing improves school attendance, classroom performance, conduct, self-esteem and health.
Operation School Bell is made possible thanks to our donors, members, community volunteers and the cooperation of compassionate school personnel. Each year the members of the Italian American Civic League volunteers time to put together clothing packets and essential hygiene packets for children in Utah. We’re glad to help the Assistance League with their mission each year and will continue to do so.
All donations received for this cause will 100% go back to the Assistance League of Salt Lake City. For more information about the Assistance League go to http://www.alslc.org/.