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.
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.
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!
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.
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