Operation School Bell®
Operation School Bell ®
Since 1965 we have had the privilege of providing school clothes to over 88,000 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 contracts 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.