Operation School Bell®

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Before.....

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After. Why we do what we do.

Touched More than 18,600 Children Since 2005

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Operation School Bell® is the signature philanthropic program for Assistance League chapters and guilds across the United States, with annual budgets of over $18 million. The mission of Operations School Bell® is to provide NEW clothing, shoes, books and other items to schoolchildren in need--with the goal of giving students a positive starting point for learning and academic success. Operation School Bell® is a unique program in Nashville, advancing from clothing 51 students in 2005 to over 2,975 students during the 2012-2013 school year.

 

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Providing the Basics Means so Much

For six years, System-wide PENCIL Partner, Assistance League® of Nashville, through its Operation School Bell® program, has supplied impoverished elementary students with new Standard School Attire (SSA). When the district first adopted the SSA policy, which limits students' clothing to khaki's, collared shirts, belts (and other restrictions), many families were overwhelmed financially with the transition. Assistance League members immediately identified this as an area they could make a major impact. They set up a space to collect SSA clothing and came up with a plan to distribute to children in need. Each child that is referred by school personnel receives two pairs of khaki pants, two polo shirts, six pairs of socks, and a belt.

Click here to read the full article published March 14, 2014.

Be Enthusiastic About Reading
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Through our literacy program, Be Enthusiastic About Reading (B.E.A.R.), reading days are held and books are donated to individual children and to the school.

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2013 Principal's Survey

For the last five years, Assistance League® of Nashville has provided new standard school attire to students referred to our program. Principals were asked to respond to a survey to aide ALN in assessing the effectiveness of the program and areas for improvements.

From a total of 58 respondents, principals indicated that the clothing provided to their students through Operation School Bell® directly promoted:
* Improved Self Esteem - 100%
* Improved Attendance - 92%
* Reduce Time out of Classroom - 96%

Many respondents noted additional comments regarding the affects of the program:
* Improved parent relations and support
* Helped meet the needs of transient and homeless children
* Improved student self-esteem creates more time on task in the classroom

Ninety-six percent of responding principals indicated that Operation School Bell® has reduced their need to have emergency clothing on hand. A few principals reported that clothing provided through the program has freed up monies for other purposes.

 

Thank you so much for providing new clothing for the students of Glengarry! We have a large population of homeless students, and they enter our school with almost nothing. The clothing you provide allows them to "blend in" with the other students, which helps with the transition to a new school.

Laurie Smith, Glengarry

It improves the self esteem and attendance of our students. We are 99% free and reduced lunch and our students and parents struggle to meet the basic needs of living and SSA is just an added cost. If we can continue to provide this assistance, it addresses the social emotional needs of students and allows us to get to the academics quicker.

Ms. Russell, Glenview

Without your service the school would have to spend a lot of instructional time addressing this issue. Thank you for being a part of our team!

Barbara Frazier, Gower

I appreciate the contribution that you have made to my students. I wish I could captivate the smiles on their faces based on receiving clothes.

Michael Ross, Caldwell

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No significant areas for improvement were indicated. Suggestions for the following items will be reviewed for adjustments:
* Style of Socks
* Clothing needs for very young students
* Pant waist sizes for some females

 

International Newcomer Academy
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2011 International Newcomers Academy School Shopping Event

In addition to providing suitable clothing for students in the Metro Nashville Public Schools, we occasionally take on special projects. One group of students we have worked with since 2010 is the International Newcomer Academy. The students in this program are part of the district's English Learners program. They are new to the United States and have limited English language skills. We have assisted these students with school clothing, winter coats, shoes, household items, and classroom supplies.

April 15, 2013 Shopping Event

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INA Student Thank you Note

Sixteen students from the International Newcomers classes from Overton High School participated in ALN's annual shopping event on Monday, April 15th. The purpose of the event is to provide a learning experience for children new to our culture on how to navigate a grocery store for healthy food choices within a specific budget.

Accompanied by ALN members, students enjoyed a pizza party at CiCi's Pizza and then a trip to Kroger, located in Hickory Plaza. Students were provided folders with pages of pictures of food choices, categorized by food group (fruits, vegetables, dairy, grains, and proteins). Based on the maximum number of selections per group, students indicated their choices by circling the pictures. ALN members then assisted the students in shopping for their selections. Students were provided calculators for tabulating the cost prior to checkout.

ALN thanks member Wendy Herr for organizing the event along with ALN members who assisted the shoppers.

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Comments on the work of OSB
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Feeling good about wearing their new uniforms.

Beginning in 2007, when Metro Schools adopted standard school attire, Operation School Bell has been providing school clothing to children in the mandatory uniform program of Nashville Metro Public Schools.

It improves the self esteem and attendance of our students. We are 99% free and reduced lunch and our students and parents struggle to meet the basic needs of living and SSA is just an added cost. If we can continue to provide this assistance, it addresses the social emotional needs of students and allows us to get to the academics quicker.

Ms. Russell, Glenview

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the standard school attire clothing you have donated to the students at Glenn Enhanced Option School. Your generous donation has brought smiles to many children, parents, and teachers. Thank you for helping these needy families meet the dress requirements of the school district and for instilling pride in the children. We will never be able to adequately express our deep appreciation for your generosity.

Dr. Laura Snyder, Glenn Enhanced Option School

Thank you so much for providing new clothing for the students of Glengarry! We have a large population of homeless students, and they enter our school with almost nothing. The clothing you provide allows them to "blend in" with the other students, which helps with the transition to a new school.

Laurie Smith, Glengarry

Thank you for the sets of clothes that you have sent. They are WONDERFUL! We really weren't sure what to expect and found the quality of the items that you sent was outstanding. I appreciate your dedication to the students of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and especially our little ones here at J.E. Moss.

Dr. Alison Effinger, J.E. Moss Elementary

Assistance League of Nashville
As we look back at our first semester, we would like to express our thanks to you for the donation of school uniforms. What a beautiful sight to see the children in their brand new clothes! We also are grateful for the school supplies you brought in December. Your generosity and kindness is greatly appreciated!

International Newcomer Academy

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