Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell®

School District Information

Operation School Bell 2018 Fall Dates

Appointments for the 2018-2019 School Year can be made on September 13, 14, and 17 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Call-in number: 425-252-8671

Operation School Bell will begin receiving students on September 19, 2018. We will begin receiving buses on September 24, 2018.

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Procedures for the 2018-2019 School Year

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Since 1965 we have had the privilege of providing school clothes to over 92,782 children and teens, one child at a time. Most of these receive clothing through a personal shopping experience in our building. We also provide personalized bags of new clothing to preschool children through the Early Childhood Educational Assistance Program (ECEAP) program.

Currently we have long-standing agreements with 15 school districts throughout Snohomish County. School staff refer students to the Operation School Bell program and then arrange the appointments and transportation to our facility.

Our members provide a personal shopping experience for each child by assisting them in choosing their clothes.

Clothing provided at our facility for the students to select include three sets of pants, shirts/tops, one week’s supply of underwear and socks, a sweatshirt, a warm jacket, a hat, gloves, scarf and a grooming kit - shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, comb or brush and deodorant. Children may receive a voucher to purchase a new pair of shoes at Payless Shoes.

Occasionally, throughout the year, we will receive requests from school counselors to provide help to children who have experienced traumatic challenges in their lives. This could be due to a fire in the famliy home that leaves them with few, if any, school clothes. Sometimes students are suddenly enrolled in a school after being removed from their home and placed in a foster home, or with relatives, and have very few clothes. We are happy to be able to provide for these students in these difficult circumstances.

Teen Retail Program

Teen Retail Program

In partnership with local Fred Meyer stores, qualified high school students are invited to shop for appropriate school attire. High schools are scheduled over 16 nights in the fall, with between 50 and 75 students participating per night. Students may choose clothing and shoes up to $125 in total cost. Our members assist students with checking in and out. Currently we have been able to provide this experience for approximately 1000 teens per year.

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What Books Can Do - Children’s Book Drive

The joy of reading broadens our view of the world when we see through the eyes of characters from other places and times, sharing their hopes and empathizing with their feelings. You can help give these benefits to the children being clothed by the Operation School Bell® and Kitty Young Auxiliary Adopt a School programs.

When children visit the Operation School Bell facility they are given the opportunity to select a book to take home with their new clothes. The Adopt a School program assists schools in need of extra resources through providing donated books.

The need for books continues throughout the year, so you may drop off new or gently used children’s books at the Assistance League Thrift Shop during operating hours. Please specify that your book donation is to go to the Operation School Bell and Kitty Young Auxiliary programs.

Here are the types of books we are seeking:

Picture Books - Pre-K to 1st grade

Beginner Reading - 1st to 2nd grade

Chapter Books - 3rd to 6th grade

Young Adult Books - Middle to High School