Charro Foundation offers grant to help kids in the classroom
Staff Reports | Digital Free Press
The Charro Foundation recently awarded The Assistance League of Phoenix $2,500 to assist in providing wardrobe packages for children across the Valley to fulfill basic needs, foster self-esteem and make sure every student enters the classroom ready to learn.
“We’re so honored to receive a grant from the Scottsdale Charros and The Charro Foundation,” said Aimee Runyon, CEO of Assistance League of Phoenix, in a prepared statement.
“Their support for the local community makes it possible for us to continue bringing the ‘Operation School Bell’ program to more students in need. The impact of inflation is being felt by all and it has caused a greater need in our community. We are thankful for partners like The Charro Foundation, whose support has allowed us to bring service to an additional 20 schools in the 2022-2023 school year.”
The organization’s flagship program, Operation School Bell, provides brand new clothing, shoes and other essentials to children in need. The program also includes a mobile unit, the “Delivering Dreams Bus,” which makes the program more accessible to underserved students by coming directly to schools, the release states.
Assistance League of Phoenix aims to provide wardrobe packages for over 11,000 students in need this school year.
Assistance League of Phoenix partners with more than 130 Title I schools throughout the year. Each school can select up to 100 children who qualify for the program (students on the free or reduced lunch program). Operation School Bell’s 40ft Delivering Dreams Buses have been retrofitted into mobile dressing centers that bring the program directly to schools, the release states.
The buses are filled with racks of clothing and shoes, along with private dressing rooms. Volunteers help each child select clothing and ensure that clothes and shoes fit properly.
Each student receives a bundle of items valued at approximately $250 and includes two bottoms, three tops, six pair of socks, six underwear, a sweatshirt, belt, a pair of shoes, a new book and a personalized health kit full of hygiene items.