Operation School Bell®

Operation School Bell® (OSB) is the signature program of Assistance League®. This program helps school-age children in need with appropriate support to help them succeed in school. Under the OSB program umbrella, the Assistance League® of Los Altos partners with 4 school districts, one YMCA organization and the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency (SSA). We developed individualized programs to meet each organization’s needs to create the best foundation for the growth of each child’s education. They are: Alphabet program with Sunnyvale School District, Hospital School program with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto Unified School District, Love of Reading program with Los Altos School District, Project Athena with Fremont Union High School District, Receiving Assessment and Intake Center (RAIC) program with SSA, and The Learning Tree Programs with YMCA Northwest @ Lakewood School.


Alphabet Program with Sunnyvale School District –

Bishop Elementary School serves approximately 500 students and is a Leader in Me school. The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model that improves the performance of all school programs. Our membership provides Leader in Me books for all classrooms, PE equipment and scholarships for the 5th grade week-long off campus science camp.

Columbia Middle School (CMS) serves 801 students. At CMS, students are guided by three pillars:  Strong Instructional Practice, Social-Emotional Learning and Safe School Environment. Our membership provides high-interest books to all classrooms, PE equipment, book awards/dinner foods for Reading Night Show Case for students and parents.

Lakewood Elementary School has 450 students and is a technology-focused school. The school takes a whole-child view in developing students’ social and emotional learning as a foundation for using technology for communication. Our membership provides classroom library books for all classrooms, iPads for Kindergarten through 2nd grade used by students who need reading intervention, and technology ancillary items for the classrooms and teachers.

San Miguel School has about 400 students. Students at San Miguel have a well-rounded experience that includes Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies but also extends into drama, dance, music, and visual arts. San Miguel is also home to Juntos, Sunnyvale’s Dual Immersion Spanish/English Program, launching in 2015. Our membership provides Spanish books for the school library, PE equipment, a healthy snack food pantry with a mini fridge and scholarships for the 5th grade week-long off campus science camp.

Vargas Elementary School has about 478 students and all students are proud to wear uniform to school. Vargas is a science-focused school in which all learning is viewed through a scientific lens. Our membership provides qualified low-income students with uniforms and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) kits for KLAS (Kids Learning After School) program.

Reading Partners is a national nonprofit partners with under-resourced schools and engage volunteer to work one-on-one with students who struggle with reading. One of our members tutors a 2nd grader weekly at San Miguel Elementary School through the Reading Partners program.


Hospital School Program with Palo Alto Unified School District –

Hospital School at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital serves approximately 450 students annually from Kindergarten to 12th grades. The school has seven full-time credentialed teachers, three instructional aids and one administrator. They are all employees of Palo Alto Unified School District. The school offers a fully accredited academic curriculum including enrichment programs such as art and drama. The goal of the staff is to help every child achieve a successful and smooth transition back to their home school after medical treatment.

The Hospital School provides a school-like environment for these school-age children to continue their education while going through medical treatment.
Our program provides classroom books, library books, school supplies, iPads and teacher supplies.


Love of Reading Program with Los Altos School District –

This program serves about 100-120 students in the district who require reading intervention. We provide age appropriate books to each student to bring home for their home library to encourage reading at home.


Project Athena with Fremont Union High School District –

Fremont High School opened in 1923, the enrollment is approximately 2,512 students, and more than 61 percent of these students speak another language at home, with upward of 60 languages represented. The richness of diversity offers many opportunities and challenges. Fremont High School’s response is to provide a variety of programs designed to meet the needs of all students.

Our membership provides Chromebook cart with 36 Chromebooks in each cart for classroom use. We will also provide wrestling mat to replace the existing well-used mat for training and competitions.


RAIC Program with Santa Clara County Social Services Agency –

The Santa Clara County Social Services Agency (SSA) Receiving, Assessment and Intake Center (RAIC) serves the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) as a non-residential facility that provides a receiving point for children placed in temporary custody by law enforcement officers and/or social workers.

Our program helps teens in crisis. These teens have been removed from their home by law enforcement and/or social workers due to reported abuse. The goal of counselors is to find a family, foster care or group home for these children – a safe home.

Our membership provides backpacks/duffel bags with personal care supplies, first aid items, snacks, food cards, clothing and writing materials to encourage them to express their concerns and feelings. Most teens arrive at the center with little personal belongings except the clothes they are wearing. The duffel/backpack we supply gives them something as their own. In 2018, our program served 697 teens at the center.


The Learning Tree Programs with YMCA Northwest @ Lakewood Elementary School

Summer Learning Loss Program – A 6-week summer program for about 64 students in 1st-4th grades whose reading skill is below their grade level.  Our program provides books and school supplies for each enrolled student.

After-School Program – This program enrolls between 50 to 60 TK-5th grades students during school year in-service day.  Our program provides books and school supplies for each enrolled student.