Operation School Bell (OSB) is a National Assistance League philanthropy that has programs in almost every chapter. The goal of OSB is to provide appropriate school clothing to children in need with the aim of raising their self-esteem, increasing school attendance and improving classroom performance.
Since 2005, Assistance League of Flintridge, in partnership with Assistance League of Pasadena, provides clothing, shoe vouchers, personal care items and books to elementary school-age children in the Pasadena Unified School District. ALF is proud to partner with Assistance League of Pasadena in this important program.
Students in need from La Cañada are identified by the La Cañada Unified School District and provided the opportunity to receive school supplies, backpacks, shoe vouchers and gift cards for clothing.
New this year - ALF is excited about our new program to provide shoe vouchers to students in need in the Sunland-Tujunga area of the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Operation School Bell is entirely staffed by volunteers and therefore has very low administration costs. Volunteers seek out the best prices when shopping for supplies, in order to keep costs down.
This year, almost 1,500 students were served.
Assistance League of Flintridge members assist Pasadena students during school clothing fitting sessions and prepare the personal care kits. Our auxiliary members, Canada Auxiliary of Professionals (CAPs), also staff during fitting sessions and have donated money to the OSB program. La Cañada students in need are provided with backpacks, school supplies, and shoe/clothing gift cards.
Assistance League of Pasadena has helped over 14,000 students since 1990.
SHOE VOUCHER GIFT TO SUNLAND-TUJUNGA
Members of Assistance League® of Flintridge (ALF) recently learned that over 600
students in the neighboring Sunland-Tujunga area are identified as homeless.
Working with the Homeless Education Program of Los Angeles Unified School District, the ALF Operation School Bell® (OSB) committee proposed expanding the ALF OSB program and providing 400 $25.00 vouchers to purchase shoes for homeless students in Sunland-Tujunga. ALF members enthusiastically approved the gift.
The vouchers were presented by ALF OSB Chair Jean Silliman, OSB Assistant Chair Lori Rotenberg, and ALF President-Elect Donna Shepherd, to Katie Rivezzo, Counselor at the LAUSD Homeless Education Program.
"Shoes are always a major need," noted Rivezzo, whose focus is the Northeast section of LAUSD. "We often see students wearing shoes with holes and shoes that are too small." She explained that counselors in the LAUSD program will assist families to purchase shoes with the vouchers, and added, "This gift will be a significant contribution to these children in need."
Assistance League of Flintridge is proud to include the community of Sunland-Tujunga in the Operation School Bell program.
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ALF member and Assistant Operation School Bell Chair Lori Rotenberg presents shoe vouchers to Katie Rivezzo, Counselor at the LAUSD Homeless Education Program, as OSB Chair Jean Silliman and ALF President-Elect Donna Shepherd look on.
Assistance League of Flintridge
4607 Oakwood Avenue
La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011
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For more information or to leave a message for the ALF OSB Chairman, contact the Programs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 818-790-2211. We will respond as soon as possible.