Assistance league wraps up annual back-to-school program
–Through its philanthropic program Operation School Bell, Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County is nearing completion of this year’s effort to provide local disadvantaged students with one of the most basic needs —clothing.
To date, approximately 1,100 children in grades Kindergarten through 12th have shopped for school-appropriate clothing at local retailers — Old Navy in San Luis Obispo and Kohl’s in Paso Robles. By the end of December, approximately 1,400 students will have been served.
School personnel help to identify families with the greatest need. Last year, more than 1,600 children benefitted from the program. The San Luis Obispo County Office of Education has reported that 46-percent of students attending school in the county are living in poverty.
To continue to raise needed funds to enhance Operation School Bell and to fund potential new programs, members recently opened the Assistance League Thrift Store. The store is located at 667-A Marsh Street in San Luis Obispo and is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year. Since 1995, the all-volunteer, nonprofit organization has helped over 20,000 families and children throughout this community. For more information about Assistance League of San Luis Obispo County, visit www.alslocounty.org.