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Local Children to Receive Free New School Uniforms, Supplies at Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati Sept. 14.
Monday, September 12, 2005

Operation School Bell to serve more than 1,000 needy school children in the Tristate this year 

Cincinnati, OH – September 12, 2005 – About 1,250 underserved children from the Tristate area will receive new clothing, shoes and supplies they need to start the school year through the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati’s (ALGC) philanthropic program, Operation School Bell®.

Since Operation School Bell first began in Greater Cincinnati, more than 4,250 local needy children have been served. Today the ALGC chapter will be joining other Assistance League chapters across the country distributing items to thousands of needy children.

ALGC will be showcasing this program on Wednesday, September 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. with 50 children from Winton Hills Academy. Children from kindergarten to the fourth grade will be transported to ALGC’s Ruth Prall Center at 4527 Reading Road to receive $85 worth of clothing, including brand new school uniforms with polo shirts, pants, socks and athletic shoes. They will also receive a lunch box and personal toiletries kit.

“Our mission is to provide these children in need with new clothes and supplies so they not only feel better about themselves but also about going to and staying in school,” said Audrey Stehle, ALGC president. “Studies have shown that children who attend school inappropriately dressed are at a disadvantage and that proper school clothing can improve school attendance and help classroom performance. Operation School Bell helps children arrive in the classroom better prepared to learn.”

Funding for Operation School Bell comes from private donations, an ALGC direct mail program and grants, including a $40,000 grant from the Dater Foundation. Appearance Plus Cleaners will again be donating its tailoring services to hem uniform pants. Other sponsors are Kuhl’s Hot Sportspot, Riddell Footwear and Justice & Young Public Relations.

“It is gratifying for us to participate in Operation School Bell again this year and to be involved in a program that positively benefits the lives of so many needy children in our community,” said Jon Lindy, CEO of Appearance Plus Cleaners. “With Operation School Bell giving them the essential new clothes and supplies they need, these children can head back to school with a little extra help that can go a long way in influencing how they feel about themselves.”

The Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky public and parochial schools participating in this year’s program are as follows: AMIS; AP Owens; Chase; Elmwood Place; Fourth Street; Heberle; Lincoln Heights; Mildred Dean; Roberts Paideia; Rothenberg; St. Bernard; St. Francis de Sales; St. Francis Seraph; St. Joseph’s; Washington Park; and Westwood. The children have been pre-identified through arrangements made with local social workers and counselors.

ALGC is one of 110 chapters across the country that will be holding similar events. Through their combined efforts, Operation School Bell serves more than 160,000 children across the country, and has provided much needed services for more than one million children over the past 15 years.The Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati develops, funds and staffs philanthropic projects that members have identified after conducting a community needs assessment. Local philanthropic projects include: literacy and tutorial programs; services and programs for seniors; dental, optical and hearing programs for needy children; survivor kits for victims of domestic violence; and other targeted community programs that have assisted more than 350,000 people. The efforts of 110 Assistance League chapters throughout the country have returned an astounding $26 million to local communities and have touched the lives of more than one million men, women and children each year. Assistance League Chapters are 100 percent volunteer run with 24,000 members giving the gift of community


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