LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- At a time when thousands of local families are struggling to provide basic needs for their children.
A local organization, the Assistance League of Las Vegas, is trying to take a burden off some parents by providing kids with brand new clothes, shoes and school supplies. News 3's Venise Toussaint takes us to Operation School Bell.
“If your shoes are with duct tape or if you have a bungee cord as your belt than you’re not focusing on school you’re focusing on how you look,” said Manch Elementary School counselor Elizabeth Gromny.
More than 8,000 Clark County School District students, who wouldn’t normally have access to proper clothes and shoes are taking part in a special shopping spree.
“It’s a great program because it clothes our children,” Gromny said.
Gromny a counselor at Manch Elementary School is here at operation school bell with 35 of her students—she says many of them are in dire need.
“A lot of them share clothes so their clothes are way too big, some clothes are way too tight,” Gromny said/
Hundreds of volunteers at the assistance league of Las Vegas spent the entire year preparing for Operation School Bell.
Judy Trent has been volunteering with the organization for the past 16 years.
“They’re in a situation that really isn’t their fault at all, it’s just a circumstance of our economy,” Trent said.
This year the assistance league purchased about 18,000 pairs of pants and almost 30,000 tops all funded by grants and donations
“They get two complete school outfits then an extra shirt for the week, if they’re a uniform school they get 2 complete uniforms,,” said co-chair of Operation School Bell Lisa Clark.
Not only are the kids getting brand news clothes for the school year they’re also getting hygiene kits, books and school supplies
“They’re so excited when they leave here and they’re smiling because someone finally took interest in them,” Gromny said.
The kids are all in grades k-8th and are chosen by the school district to participate in the program-- for counselors like Elizabeth Gromny it's all about dressing her students for success.
“We need them to be feeling good about themselves so they can go to school and perform,” Gromny said.
-- Venise Toussaint, KSNV & MyNews3