Operation School Bell
 
Many families within IPS and throughout the Indianapolis metro area are living at the poverty level, making it difficult to buy school uniforms for their children.  This need can often affect a student’s performance in school, dampening their confidence and drive in the classroom. Operation School Bell is a program that provides school clothing and supplies to underserved children—addressing the needs of the community by supplying proper school clothing and breaking down the barrier to academic achievement.
 
Social workers and school staff work together to identify children in need from kindergarten through 6th grade and refer those families to the program. Each child is provided with a complete school wardrobe that includes winter outerwear, uniform bottoms and shirts, undergarments, personal hygiene products and school supplies. This type of support allows the student to focus on school and reduces the number of class hours missed due to wardrobe issues.
 
Powered by the Assistance League of Indianapolis and housed in the Service Center of Indianapolis Public Schools (SCIPS) building, Operation School Bell welcomed its 50,000th child into its program last Thursday, September 24.
 
“It was totally amazing!” said President Patricia Johnson from Assistance League of Indianapolis; “it was utterly inspiring for all members of the Assistance League to give back to the community and to cloth our 50,000th child.”
 
Operation School Bell is one of many programs driven by the Assistance League of Indianapolis that help meet the needs of children throughout IPS. These types of influential programs play a huge part in the success of our students.
 
“It is inspiring to know that we are giving back to the community at large and I hope this will motivate others to pay it forward,” said Mrs. Johnson.