RBE Helps Operation School Bell – More Books Are Needed

Riley Bennett Egloff recently learned that books were needed as part of “Operation School Bell,” a philanthropic program of the Assistance League of Indianapolis that provides free school uniforms, school supplies, toiletries, underwear, coats, and books to kids at IPS whose social workers identify as in need.  Books are an important part of the program, as many children in need lack the resources to regularly read books and are at risk of falling below their grade level in core literacy skills.  In just a few days’ time of learning of the need, Riley Bennett Egloff was able to donate more than 200 books, which will allow more than 100 kids to have books in their duffel bag of school supplies.

By providing students the basic supplies they need for school, Operation School Bell enables children to arrive at school ready to learn. Since 1984, over 50,000 Indianapolis area students have been provided new clothing through Operation School Bell.  Social workers and staff from the Indianapolis Public Schools and the Metropolitan School Districts of Lawrence, Pike, Warren, and Washington Townships identify and refer the kindergarten through grade six students served by this program. 

Operation School Bell donates more than 600 books each week to these children and is in dire need of more new or gently- used books.  To learn more about Operation School Bell, the Assistance League of Indianapolis, or how you can donate to the program, please visit the Assistance League website at https://www.alindy.org/operation-school-bell.html.