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Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell for Assistance League Ventura County

Since 1993, members of Assistance League of Ventura County, through Operation School Bell, have provided new school clothing, gift cards, personal hygiene kits school supplies and a story book to economically challenged children in the Oxnard, Hueneme and Ocean View Elementary School Districts. In 2010, the program was expanded to include children from the Ventura Unified School District. The children are referred to the program by school personnel.

Since 2020, Operation School Bell provides each child a gift card for shoes, clothing or other essentials, a personal hygiene kit, school supplies and an age-appropriate book. Having new items of their own has increased confidence and self-esteem of these students and has given them a sense of belonging to the school community. Parents, teachers and administrators have commented on how proud and happy the children are to go to school with new clothes, many for the first time.

Operation School Bell is run entirely by chapter member volunteers who purchase the supplies and gift cards.  During the 2019-2020 school year, 1,249 children received new school clothes and supplies, 26,443 since the program began. We are on track to serve 1,375 children for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Operation School Bell Program Recognized by Oxnard School District

Assistance League’s Operation School Bell Program was recognized by the Oxnard School District Board of Trustees and the Oxnard School District Superintendent at their June 2015 regular Board meeting. Marikaye Phipps, Oxnard School District Pupil Services Director, presented recognition plaques to member volunteers of Assistance League. Receiving the award on behalf of Assistance League are Marcia Semple, Barbara Houser, Sally Keevy and Linda Krahenbuhl.

Operation School Bell Celebrates Clothing 20,000 Children

On September 8, 2015, Operation School Bell clothed its 20,000th child. Along with the 44 students and school personnel from Art Haycox Elementary School and Assistance League volunteers for the day, attending were the two people who were instrumental in establishing the program in 1993, Assistance League’s Barbara Houser and former Oxnard School District Superintendent, Richard Duarte. The Ventura County Star Reporter interviewed them and others while the photographer took many pictures for their newspaper article. Large banners, balloons and refreshments added to the festivities

Above is a link to a video put together by one of our members. It shows the process of putting bags together for students that attend school in the Ventura Unified School District.

An inspiring video from the 2019 Connect conference in Las Vegas for the National Assistance League.