Assistance League of Glendale members provide school clothing for students of low-income families with the philosophy that they do better academically and socially if they are dressed as well as their peers.
The women's philanthropic organization began Operation School Bell in 1981. Students are referred to the program by their principal, nurse or teacher. Parents are asked to sign a consent form and optional photo release form.
During a school day, students are bused to the league's chapter house via school district transportation to be fitted for three school uniforms or three shirts or blouses and three pants, shorts or scooters, and given five pairs of underwear and socks. They also receive a gift card for Payless Shoe Store, a backpack, a health cache filled with toiletry items, and a book appropriate for their grade level.
Close to 800 children have been clothed this year, said chairwoman Patty Schermer. The students eligible are enrolled in the Glendale Unified School District lunch program in grades kindergarten through middle school, but members will provide for high school students if there is a special need.