Assistance League® to Hand Out 6,000 Uniforms through its Operation School Bell® program.
(St. Paul) – Over the years, numerous studies have shown that uniforms help kids learn. They increase attendance and performance in the classroom, resulting in an improved school experience.
So again this year, Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul is providing uniforms for all students, Pre-K through 5th grade, in some of the Twin Cities’ neediest schools. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, between 9 a.m. – Noon, all students who attend Maxfield Magnet School in St. Paul, will receive two school uniforms (two navy shirts and two khaki pants) and a winter jacket.
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman plans to be at the school between 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. to assist with the uniform distribution. Mayor Coleman was "Principal for a Day" at Maxfield Magnet earlier this year and thoroughly enjoyed his time interacting with the students.
“Words really can’t express the positive impact Assistance League has made on the Maxfield community. The Operation School Bell program is a lifeline for the majority of our families. The impact is more than the uniforms and coats. Members always make our students feel special; they let them know that they are valued,” said Maxfield Magnet School Principal Nancy Stachel.
Media are welcome to attend the uniform distribution on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012, between 9 a.m. and Noon at Maxfield Magnet School, located at 380 Victoria Street North in St. Paul.
Among the photo opportunities that will be available:
“The schools that we work in are 95 to 98 percent free and reduced lunch, and the families have great need. If we can go in there and at low cost to us provide them with school uniforms for their kids, that’s one more thing the families don’t have to worry about. They can put the money they have towards rent and food,” said program co-chair Cindy Stone.
Maxfield Magnet isn’t the only Twin Cities school served by Operation School Bell. The first week of September, about 3,000 Minneapolis students received free uniforms as well. Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul has been providing uniforms for students at the Twin Cities’ neediest schools since its founding in 1996. To date, approximately 25,000 students have been served.
Assistance League supports the Twin Cities community in the following ways:
Feed and Clothe children – provide uniforms, special achievement shirts, and weekly food to needy families
Enhance and Enrich Education – weekly one-on-one tutoring, classroom grants to teachers, and preschool reading
Support and Serve – new clothing and toiletries provided to victims of sexual assault throughout the state, GED celebrations in Minneapolis
“These programs came about after the schools came to us and said they really needed help in these areas as well. We’re so happy to be able to lend a helping hand where it is needed the most,” said Stone.
“It feels so good to know that we are really making a difference in the lives of these families,” added Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul volunteer Betty Bullion.
To learn more about Assistance League of Minneapolis/St. Paul, log on to msp.assistanceleague.org or you can contact:
Rachel M. Anderson
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