Assistance League to ‘Make A Difference’ to local schools

Assistance League of Long Beach will provide uniforms to two elementary schools in celebration of Make a Difference Day on Oct. 27. The league’s Operation School Bell program will hand out 1,700 uniforms to students at International and Edison elementary schools.
Assistance League members measure students early in the month. Then, on Saturday, Oct. 27, a crew of volunteers from the Assistance League, California State University, Long Beach and the community, will meet at the Philanthropic Center to fill new backpacks donated by Boeing Corporation employees with three white polo shirts, two pants, one jacket, socks and underwear for each student. The filled backpacks will be delivered to the schools on Monday, Oct. 29 in school district trucks.
The Long Beach Unified School District uniform policy was implemented in 1994 as part of a comprehensive plan to improve school safety and improve student achievement.
Five years later, school crime was down 86 percent and by 2003 the Long Beach Unified School District was awarded the prestigious Broad Prize for Urban Education for closing the achievement gap between ethnic groups and among socio-economic levels.
Assistance League of Long Beach is the only organization in the city that provides free uniforms to students and acts as a safety net that allows the mandatory school uniform policy to succeed in the Long Beach schools.
Funds for Operation School Bell are raised primarily from sales at the Assistance League Thrift and Vintage Shop (located at 2100 East 4th Street), donations, foundation grants and other fundraising activities.
To learn more about the Assistance League visit their website at or call (562) 627-5650.


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