Operation School Bell helping thousands of local students
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- 35 kids from Manch Elementary School will return home from school with a bag full of new school clothes, which they got to pick out for free.
Volunteers with the Assistance League of Las Vegas have been putting on Operation School Bell for more than three decades.
Every April, they start planning for this event, stocking up on brand new clothes.
This year, they plan to help more than 8,000 kids.
On Monday, students from Manch were bused in from their school. They were paired with an adult helper, and were able to pick out clothes.
Counselors at about 200 schools in Clark County identify which kids at their schools are at risk or underprivileged, and qualify for this program. They said something like this makes a big difference to each one.
"If they're not matching their clothes, if their clothes are soiled or torn or have duct-tape, that's not good for their self esteem, which in turn, isn't helping their academics," said Elizabeth Grommy, counselor at Manch Elementary. "We go to school for academics and we can't focus on reading and writing when you're worried people will be looking at you."
Lisa Clarke is the co-chair of Operation School Bell and said this is no small endeavor, and it's a rewarding one. She loves going out and buying the latest fashions for kids each year, to make sure they feel like they fit in.
Monday was the start of Operation School Bell, but it will continue to outfit students throughout the district until April.
The clothes were paid for by donations.
Officials with the Assistance League of Las Vegas said because of the economy, the need has gone up in recent years.
Clarke said just five years ago, they were outfitting 5,700 kids in the Clark County School District. Last year, they outfitted 8,300 kids and they're expecting to help even more students this year.
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