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In September and October, volunteers from the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley provided school clothing to nearly 900 children from 27 schools and awarded grants to 79 teachers at 12 middle schools in the Capistrano Unified School District.

The clothing program is part of the National Assistance League’s Operation School Bell Program and was held at Target in San Clemente. This year, $65,000 was budgeted and nearly 900 children received new school clothes. The league provides $65 for each elementary school student and $75 for each middle school student to purchase clothing consisting of tops, bottoms, socks, underwear and a jacket.

The Links to Learning Program awarded nearly $36,000 in grants to 12 CUSD middle schools and to Journey Charter School. The grants will serve about 16,000 students and include funding for books for literature circles, frog dissection specimens for lab dissections, math manipulatives, materials for art projects, a cello for a middle school orchestra and full-color maps for social science/geography classes.

Both programs are funded by money from the Bargain Box Thrift Store in San Clemente. Another major fundraiser for these programs is the Christmas Home Tour which will take place on Dec. 6.

The local Assistance League Chapter raises funds for needy children in the Capistrano Unified School District and for military families at Camp Pendleton. For more information on the Assistance League of Capistrano Valley, visit or call 949.291.8408.


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