The Final Bell
The Assistance League, a local non-profit organization, started Operation School Bell three years ago to provide new clothes and shoes to elementary children.
"We are a bunch of achievers," boasts Susan Brooks, chairman of Operation School Bell.
Not only does new clothing boost confidence, but Brooks hopes that the program will teach children valuable lessons that will pay off one day.
"Hopefully we can set an example for them so that in the future when they look back and they think that somebody gave them a little step up at some point they will do it for somebody else," says Brooks.
The lessons they pass on are also changing the program itself.
"It has grown from only giving coats to and taking them to the school, to bringing the children here on the spot to fit them in those clothes," says Brooks.
Last year Operation School Bell served about 900 children. This year more than 1,000 children have new clothes: 514 boys and 500 girls.
The children served by the program are also given personal hygiene products to take home.
Next year, Operation School Bell will also cover middle school students.
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