Assistance League of Santa Barbara Boosts Students’ Self-Esteem Through Operation School Bell

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For Santa Barbara families, the end of summer means shopping for school clothes, but for many families in our community, that is not possible.  Enter Operation School Bell, the Assistance League of Santa Barbara’s annual program which provides clothing and school supplies for children in need. 

Assistance League members are busy purchasing items from local stores, stocking shelves on-site, and volunteering to personally help each child select clothing with the goal of improving school attendance, academic performance, and self-esteem. Each student receives three new school outfits or uniforms, a zippered jacket, six pairs of underwear and socks, a colorful backpack, school supplies, hygiene kit, and a chapter book. The items are bought in bulk with the money made from the league’s Thrift Shop.

Assistance League members personally assist students select clothing and other school items at Operation School Bell.

Qualified students are served through referrals from personnel in nineteen schools of the Santa Barbara, Hope and Carpinteria school districts. In addition, Las Aletas, an auxiliary branch of Assistance League, serves 800 students from ten schools in the Goleta School district.  In 2007, an outreach program with the Santa Maria School district was added, which includes fitting over 400 more students from thirteen schools in the Santa Maria-Guadalupe School district. Teen School Bell serves approximately 180 junior high and senior high school students.

Assistance League members personally assist students select clothing and other school items at Operation School Bell.

Assistance League of Santa Barbara exists to serve the unique needs and challenges of our community. Funds serve local needs, and services are locally designed, organized and carried out to fit these needs. Along with its auxiliaries, Las Aletas and Assisteens, the Assistance League of Santa Barbara’s 391 members volunteer over 50,000 hours a year. The Assistance League Thrift Shop, located at 1259 Veronica Springs Rd., is the major source of funding for these programs. For additional information visit www.assistanceleaguesb.org

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Flicka Sep 24, 2019 03:31 PM
Assistance League of Santa Barbara Boosts Students’ Self-Esteem Through Operation School Bell

This is a wonderful program, thanks Assistance League members. I was raised by my mom and grandma and we shopped at the annual Assistance League rummage sale at the Armory, (also the Junior League)great buys. The Assistance League thrift shop has upscale clothes, shoes, and other products at bargain prices. I had uniforms at Catholic schools so clothes to keep in style wasn't necessary.

Longing2bhome Sep 24, 2019 12:32 PM
Assistance League of Santa Barbara Boosts Students’ Self-Esteem Through Operation School Bell

I had 2 pairs of pants. I went to a rich school. I was there on scholarship. I was embarrassed that someone would see me wear the same pant in 1 week. It builds character and empathy. So thankful those children can receive clothes that I would have loved to receive. Single mothers struggle and us kids are collateral damage of their choices.

letmego Sep 24, 2019 09:39 AM
Assistance League of Santa Barbara Boosts Students’ Self-Esteem Through Operation School Bell

Yeah, that was kind of a thing back then, still is in some areas. I grew up wearing nothing but hand me downs, which are essentially hand-outs from older cousins and siblings/ aunts and uncles. It sort of sucked to always be 5 years out of fashion. Most of the clothing money went to my brother, who was too tall for any family hand-me-downs, and grew out/wore through shoes like nobody's business. That whole "bootstraps" thing can be taken too far. With no Sears, Kmart, Target in town, I'm certainly not going to begrudge elementary school kids a new pair of pants or some brand new underwear once a year. I stopped patching my kids' pants at some point - now I just turn 'em into shorts.

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