Operation School Bell®

The Operation School Bell® program is dedicated to helping underserved school-age children by providing backpacks, school supplies, books, clothing, and/or uniforms (for schools requiring uniforms). Over the years, we have provided thousands of backpacks/duffel bags filled with school supplies, personal hygiene products and basic clothing to students in need.  This program reaches thousands of children per year throughout our county at the following locations:

    • Hospital School at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital
      When a child is hospitalized, one concern is the fear of falling behind in school. The Hospital School located at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital provides a school-like environment for these school-age children from kindergarten to twelfth grade to continue their education while going through medical treatment.
      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.
      This program was implemented in 2018 with the Palo Alto Unified School District. Our membership provides school supplies and books to approximately 450 students at the Hospital School.
    • Sunnyvale School District
      Alphabet is a program under the Operation School Bell® umbrella. This program partners with two schools, Lakewood and Vargas Elementary Schools, within the Sunnyvale School District. Lakewood Elementary School 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. There are about 450 students at the Lakewood School. Our membership provides classroom library books for all classrooms from Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade and iPads for Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The iPads program is controlled by TECH Lending Library. The iPads are used for students who are struggling and need reading intervention.Vargas Elementary School 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. There are about 475 students at the Vargas School.
    • RAIC
      RAIC (Receiving Assessment and Intake Center) is operated by Santa Clara County Social Services Agency – Department of Family and Children’s Service (DFCS), and supports children and youth who are in dramatic transitional situations. RAIC provides temporary housing and assesses the health and emotional needs of the children. Our program targets teens in crisis. These teens have been removed from their home by law enforcement 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 but the clothes they are wearing, and this gives them something to have of their own. We are also helping to develop a lending library with age appropriate literature. The center provides a safe bed, showers and meals in a 24-hour facility while awaiting placement. In 2018, our program served 697 teens at the center.


  • Contact the Operation School Bell Coordinator at info@losaltos-assistanceleague.org if youd like to get involved.