Operation School Bell Assists Students in Need

This fall, more than 480 Redmond School District students were able to purchase new clothing and shoes during a special shopping day through the Operation School Bell program and the Assistance League of Bend. The Assistance League is an all-volunteer not for profit organization with members from all across Central Oregon.  Each year, the Assistance League hosts fundraisers and writes grants in order to fund a myriad of programs that help those in need in the region.
The Assistance League’s budget to help Redmond students during Operation School Bell was $43,750.  In collaboration with FAN advocates, they were able to identify students and invite their families to a scheduled shopping date at Walmart in Redmond.  Students and their families were aided by personal shoppers who helped the students pick out clothing and shoes.  Elementary students were given a budget of $80 and middle/high school students were given a budget of $95. Families were able to enjoy a fun shopping experience and were greeted by treats and goodies donated by Walmart.
Redmond School District is honored to have such strong support of our students from the Assistance League of Bend.  Thanks to their donations and the hard work of our FAN advocates, many students have the necessities they need to feel comfortable attending school.  You can learn more about the Assistance League and the work that they do in our communities online atwww.assistanceleaguebend.com.