Operation School Bell, the signature philanthropic program for National Assistance League, was created in the 1950s by a teacher in Los Angeles who noticed children from one family attending school on a rotating basis, based on whose turn it was to wear the only clothes they had. This teacher gathered castoffs from friends and family to begin what we now call Operation School Bell.
Tulsa’s Operation School Bell provides a shopping experience at our building for children in need. We have dedicated space with racks of new clothing, a shoe department and dressing rooms . Assistance League Tulsa works with school counselors in 14 school districts to identity students whose families need assistance in providing school clothes. Students are bused to our building and get to “shop” for clothing that meets their school’s requirements. Identified students from surrounding school districts and their parents or guardian meet their school counselor and Assistance League Tulsa members at an area discount store. Parents are given a list of approved items and an amount to spend per child ($75).
This program promotes self-confidence which translates into more successful and motivated students.
Each TPS student receives 3 complete outfits (2 uniforms and 1 casual outfit) including:
- new shoes
- t-shirt or tank top
- socks & underwear
- hygiene kit
- 2 books