by providing school clothes to children from disadvantaged circumstances, Operation School Bell (OSB) gives children a better chance to learn - to feel like their classmates and step away from poverty. School representatives give high grades to OSB explaining that students who receive clothing from OSB have better attendance, improve academically and gain self-confidence.
More than 700 schools in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) are eligible to refer children to OSB for service. Representatives of LAUSD make appointments with OSB prior to their visits and accompany the children through the experience.
Children in grades K-5 receive clothing from the OSB site in Hollywood and from Operation School Bell on Wheels, a 53-foot trailer "traveling closet." OSB Hollywood is open Monday through Thursday throughout the school year and serves an average of 35 children per day. OSB on Wheels is a fully outfitted "traveling closet," which allows extended service to children who are unable to visit OSB Hollywood. On an average service day, Wheels serves approximately 150 children.
When a youngster visits OSB, caring volunteer members of Anne Banning Auxiliary make each child feel welcome and help them select a full week's supply of new school clothing that includes school uniforms, a backpack, a jacket, underwear and socks, athletic shoes, a personal grooming kit, a book and a toy.
Anne Banning Auxiliary members manage and operate OSB and raise funds for this service.
"No child wants to wear their poverty. For some children, attending school is painful and eventually, many drop out. Other students attend irregularly or never enroll at all, because their parents can't afford even the most basic items of school apparel."
- LAUSD PSA Counselor
Operation School Bell
1360 North St. Andrews Place
Hollywood, CA 90028