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Causes: Community Service Clubs, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion, Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Administer community philanthropic projects that enrich the lives of the community.

Programs: Provides new school clothing, shoes and grooming kits to needy children in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 in the norman and little axe oklahoma public schools. Students are referred to operation school bell by counselors in the school system

sponsors may fair, an annual arts festival featuring over 100 artists and crafts people. The festival, a long-standing norman tradition is well attended by the community who come to andrew's park to enjoy fine art, children's art activities, a student art show, restaurant specialties and state entertainment. The 2014 fair featured a 5k run to promote physical fitness in the community.

assistance league of norman has several other philanthropic projects. "bears for children" provides soft stuffed animals to children involved in accidents or other traumatic siturations. "care kits" provides grooming kits to battered women and children in the women's resource center and housekeeping supplies and groceries when they move into their own home. "assault survivor kits (ask)" provides clothing and other items to rape victims following an exam at the rape crisis center. "seniors r&r" provides entertainment and companionship to ederly citizens attending full circle day center. Children are given a new book through the chapter's "book of my own" collection. Community outreach, is a short-term project, that meets immediate need within the community.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Thank you Assistance League for such an amazing program! Operation School Bell is a program my students enjoy more than any other. Your donors are appreciated and your staff is top notch!
Thank You!
Sara Smith
Counselor
Jefferson Elementary

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had heard about Operation School Bell when I was a classroom teacher from students and faculty. Students were always excited upon their return and they always had a little more pep in their step. After taking students as their counselor, I can see first hand just how awesome this program is. Students are always greeted and made to feel welcome and they are able to take home items that they want and need. This program helps so many students and their families and can not imagine not having this available in our community.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We love Operation School Bell! Being a Title 1 School we have many students in need of clothing. School Bell goes about and beyond to accommodate our students. Every year we need to clothe more students than the allotted spots we are provided each year. School Bell lets us bring as many students as we need, above and beyond how many students we have spots for. The School Bell ladies are fantastic and you can tell they really enjoy helping the students shop for new clothes. Several times, if a student is unable to make it to School Bell they allow us to shop for them and bring them their clothes. The students LOVE going to School Bell. Being able to provide students with new shoes, coats and warm clothes is so important and we would not be able to do it without the support of School Bell!!!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known many students throughout the years who have been helped by the Assistance League of Norman's Operation School Bell and I have many heart-warming stories. However, my favorite was shared by a student this year.

This year, the Assistance League made the truly innovative decision to allow high school students to actually shop for their clothes at Kohl's. My students have always appreciated the opportunity to get new clothing at the Assistance League office, where Operation School Bell is housed, but they were very excited about a "real" shopping experience. Keep in mind that there is not a lot of discretionary income in these households and shopping trips are rare.

Many students came in to show me their new clothes, but one girl's story in particular, humbled me and warmed my heart. She loved her new clothes, but what she really enjoyed was the opportunity to shop with her mother. This 16 year old girl had only been clothes shopping with her mom on one other occasion and the trip to Kohl's, made possible by the generosity of the Assistance League of Norman, provided much more than needed clothing to this family.

Thank you, Assistance League of Norman!

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As an elementary classroom teacher, I could always see the excitement in the students eyes when it was time for their trip to Operation School Bell and even more so when they returned! This year, I got to take 14 7th graders, as their middle school counselor. Now, I could experience the excitement first hand! As well as, the relief of their guardians knowing they would be taken care of. I had parent calls and students asking if they could go and when it would be. The kids that have been before, can't wait to go back! It is such a welcoming, comfortable, clean place for them. It's like a department store! The volunteers are so helpful to the students! Middle School can be a tough time for kids. This gives them some self confidence that is needed at this point in their lives. One less thing to worry about! Operation School Bell is an incredible program and a vital part of Norman Public Schools. Don't know what we would do without it! Thank you to OSB!

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Today, I was lucky enough to get to take 14 of my students to Operation School Bell. Since I am a first-year School Counselor in Norman, this was my first trip to School Bell. It brought me a great deal of joy to see my kids so happy. The ladies who took them "shopping" were so kind and encouraging. All I had to do was gather permission slips and accompany my students on the bus. It was very organized and extremely easy. For an overloaded counselor with not enough hours in the day, I am eternally grateful...that my students have new clothes, that they know their community cares, that their hardworking parents and grandparents feel supported, and that I got to witness this awesome gift. Assistance League of Norman is a top notch organization. I am blown away by this experience for my students. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to all of the people who continue to make this possible. Thank you for impacting the lives of 14 students today and many, many more throughout the year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Assistance League of Norman is changing the lives of students through Operation School Bell. Operation School Bell served 1,700 students in Norman Public Schools last year ! As Director of Guidance and Counseling for Norman Public Schools, I have the great privilege to see and hear of the student benefits through participation in this program. Each of the 1,700 students received several new clothing items such a winter coat, jeans, slacks, dresses, sweaters, sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear, socks, personal hygiene items and a book of their choice. For each age level of students, the clothes are great, new "with-it" styles and appropriate for their ages. As the students would say,
" Super awesome !". In addition to the clothing, students receive a voucher to go to a local shoe store and select a new pair of shoes that fits !

These amazing volunteers provide a personal shopping experience for each student. A volunteer personally shops with each student and lets them select colors and styles that they like. The students try the clothes on to ensure the right fit. Some of our special needs students with physical challenges need modifications to their clothing. Assistance League members always do alterations to ensure each child has the perfect fit. This is the first experience for some students to go to a store-like setting and select brand new clothes. It is not uncommon to see tears of joy from students and sometimes the volunteers. This is a heart-felt mission for the Assistance League.

The Assistance League members lead busy lives yet they find the volunteer time to fund raise, shop, stock and be personal shoppers to students. These purposeful actions sends the message that you are important, we care and we want you to be successful. It is the hope that someday that these students will find it in their heart to volunteer and make their future communities a better place. As adults, we need to model meaningful ways to enrich the lives of others and the Assistance League of Norman is an outstanding example.

Operation School Bell is already in second month of serving students. Hundreds of students have already been to School Bell for the 2013-2014 school year. Once again the goal is 1,700 students being served. From Norman Public Schools, thank you just doesn't convey how much you are appreciated and valued. I have to state again, " Assistance League of Norman is changing the lives of students".

Sharon Heatly
Director of Guidance and Counseling
Norman Public Schools
Norman, Oklahoma

Review from Guidestar