This is the national philanthropic program of Assistance League. We supply new clothing, books and provide individual tutoring to school children who are identified as in need by school personnel in elementary schools in the Tri-Valley area.
Most of the funds needed to purchase the new clothing and books are raised through our chapter's activities, donations from the community and generous grants from local corporations and organizations. Our program helps children have a more successful experience in school. In the 24 years since Assistance League of Amador Valley started in the Tri-Valley area, over 30,000 children have received tutoring, books and clothing through Operation School Bell.
This year we met the children at Kohl's in Livermore or Pleasanton; they were able to shop for appropriate school clothing. Our volunteers help clothe hundreds of school children every year. Plus they received a voucher for Payless Shoes. We clothed 400 children this year and gave out over 400 shoe vouchers to children in the Tri-Valley.
Our literacy program provides a fall and a spring distribution of new books to five elementary schools in Livermore and Dublin. Teachers select age appropriate books for their students. Children receive books to keep and to share with their families. The children, many of whom have never owned a book, are thrilled to receive a book of their own. Every year we also give new books to the Village High School library in Pleasanton.
Chapter members also provide ongoing individual tutoring to children in Tri-Valley elementary schools.
Tutoring, Newsletter, Childcare encourages teenage mothers and fathers to stay in school by assisting them through tutoring, incentives and child-care. Last year our volunteers worked with over 50 school-age parents and their teachers at Horizon High School in Pleasanton. We also serve on the school's Advisory Board.