Looking sharp in school
By Maria Allard
October 2, 2013
WARREN — More than 400 Fitzgerald Public Schools elementary school children will be fashionable this year, thanks to the Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan Operation School Bell program.
On Sept. 19, more than 100 volunteers from the organization took 453 children from Mound Park, Schofield and Westview elementary schools shopping in a temporary department store set up inside the district’s Neigebaur building.
Each student shopped with their own personal shopper from the League, who helped them pick out a new winter coat, a hat, gloves, pants, tops, underwear, socks, a hygiene kit and a book. Every child also received a shoe voucher and a new duffel bag to carry their new items.
Rochester Mini Storage and U-Haul provided trucks to transport supplies, and General Motors Financial employees also provided assistance. Since 1995, the Operation School Bell program has benefitted nearly 20,000 children in local public schools.
Funds raised from the Assistance League’s ReSale Connection resale shop, fundraising events, grantors, contributors and partnerships with community agencies support the organization’s mission of Caring and Commitment in Action.
For more information, call (248) 656-0414, visit www.semich.AssistanceLeague.org or visit the ReSale Connection, 204 Main St., Rochester.
About the author
Staff Writer Maria Allard covers the school districts of Center Line, Fitzgerald, Van Dyke, Warren Consolidated and Warren Woods, and Macomb Community College for the Warren Weekly newspaper. She also covers northeast Detroit, the City of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods District Schools for the Advertiser Times newspaper, and the City of Grosse Pointe Woods and the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System for the Grosse Pointe Times newspaper. Allard has worked for C&G Newspapers since 1995, and has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University.
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