The Long Beach Education Foundation and the Assistance League of Long Beach are launching their new ‘One Hour for Education’ campaign today to raise funds for thousands of school uniforms. The unique fundraiser aims to coax one hour of salary from community members, business people, parents and others.
Donations will help the Assistance League’s Operation School Bell meet its goal of providing school uniforms for 5,700 students this year. The organization plans to clothe 10,000 elementary and secondary students by 2010.
The fundraiser’s kickoff coincides with today’s Principal for a Day event, when hundreds of business and community leaders shadow local school principals for a behind-the-scenes look at life in California’s third largest school district. The ‘One Hour’ campaign will continue through Dec. 3. For more information, visit www.onehourforeducation.com.
To donate via mail, make checks payable to the Long Beach Education Foundation and indicate ‘One Hour for Education’ in the memo line. Send to the Long Beach Education Foundation, One Hour for Education, 1515 Hughes Way, Long Beach, CA 90810.
Since 1989, the Long Beach Education Foundation’s sole purpose has been to support Long Beach schools. Operation School Bell provides a safety net for free school uniforms, a service that has been critical to the success of the school district’s nationally recognized uniform effort. Both organizations are committed to the vision that no child should fail to attend school or perform at their best because of a lack of adequate clothing.
The Assistance League this fall already has provided uniforms for the entire student populations of International, Lindsey and Edison schools. More than 2,500 youngsters received uniforms by late October. Each student received two white polo shirts, two pairs of black or navy pants and a black or navy sweatshirt.
Also among the uniform recipients this fall was the entire sixth grade class at Franklin Classical Middle School. The entire Franklin student population received uniforms from the Assistance League last year.