On March 29, 2017, Assistance League® of Los Angeles collaborated again with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) for Operation School Bell Prom Day, which was expanded to two days, doubling the number of homeless and low-income LAUSD high school girls from 99 last year to 200 this year who were able to pick out prom dresses, shoes and accessories.
Thanks to year-round contributions from volunteers, donors and sponsors of Operation School Bell (OSB), 200 teenage girls, selected from 18 schools in the LAUSD, were given the chance to step into a “pop-up” boutique and choose their ideal prom outfit –complete with dress, handbag, shawl, jewelry and shoes– all at no cost. The girls also received custom fittings from volunteer tailors, and styling from fashion volunteers who assisted them in picking out the perfect “look” for their dream prom night.
The girls who participated in OSB Prom Day have maintained their grades while managing difficult circumstances such as homelessness. Despite such obstacles, these young women are excelling in school – several near the head of their class – and all are on track to graduate. “This year, approximately 15,000 homeless students have been identified in LAUSD. We work tirelessly to ensure our homeless students are provided the advocacy and support needed in order to remove barriers in their educational experience,” said Kathleen Rivezzo, a district counselor with the LAUSD Homeless Education Program.
OSB Prom Day was graciously hosted on the stunning campus of Emerson College Los Angeles.
A special thank you to the press who covered this incredible day!
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