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Delivering Dreams Bus Brings New School Clothes to All Children First Academy- Phoenix Students

Posted On: 2013-08-12

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Submitted by Dee Ann Deaton, Sequoia Charter Schools PR Director

On August 8th at 8:30am, Assistance League® of Phoenix's new Operation School Bell® Delivering Dreams Bus will roll-up to CFA’s campus located at 1648 South 16th Street in Phoneix. The 40 ft. city bus has been retrofitted into a mobile dressing center, complete with a waiting area, dressing rooms, racks for clothing and shoes, shoe fitting area and a sewing station, will enable 330 current CFA students to pick out new clothes and school supplies with an estimated retail value of $400 per child.

"The need for new school clothing and supplies is great because when it comes to CFA’s student population many families have to choose between feeding their family verses clothing. Many of these kids don’t even have the basics such as shoes that fit or their own toothbrush. If we can provide clothing for these children, it will enable the families to use their resources for other basic needs," says Assistance League® of Phoenix Executive Director, Aimee Runyon.

During the August 8th event each CFA student at the Phoenix Campus will receive: two bottoms (pants, shorts), three polo shirts, a sweatshirt, a belt, six pairs of socks, six pairs of underwear, a pair of athletic shoes, a hygiene kit (full size shampoo, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste), a backpack with school supplies and a duffel bag for all items to go in. Backpacks and school supplies were provided by Pay Pal's Back to School fundraiser.

Significant Donors such as Billing Tree, Fry’s Food Stores, Dave Trotter, Romi Neustadt, Fairy Tale Brownies, First Giving and others provided approximately $36,000 to CFA. BHHS Legacy Foundation matched the funds, dollar for dollar, with a total combined worth of approximately $72,000.

According to Legacy Foundation's Chief Executive Officer, Gerald Wissink, this is the first year that Legacy Foundation, Assistance League and the Diamondbacks were able to collaborate in the new clothing and backpack program. “When you consider one in five Arizona children lives in poverty, we are proud to help some of these kids build the confidence they need to create a foundation of success. New clothes are one tool that does that and helping Children First Academy is a win win for our community,” Gerald said.

“Our donors are the real heroes that make this special day happen! We are so proud to be part of the commitment by Assistance League of Phoenix and Legacy Foundation to provide a back to school shopping experience for our Tempe and Phoenix campuses," says Children First Foundation Executive Director, Sharyn Logue.

Children First Academy (CFA) two campuses in Phoenix and Tempe is the nation's largest Title 1 public charter school that serves homeless and children living below the poverty line. This year CFA built a new 52,000 sq. ft. campus that will service up to 750 K-9th grade students. The new campus is located at 1648 S 16th Street in Phoenix. The Tempe campus serves up to 250 K-8th grade students and is located at 1938 E Apache Blvd in Tempe. To learn more about the Phoenix campus visit or call (602) 712-0500. For information about the Tempe campus visit or call (480) 557-6211.

Assistance League of Phoenix has more than 240 members and is part of a national non-profit organization with more than 122 chapters across the country. Last year, Assistance League of Phoenix members volunteered over 25,000 hours and raised over $500,000 that served nearly 43,000 children and families in the greater Phoenix community through four Philanthropic Programs. To learn more visit or call (602) 944-7636.

BHHS Legacy Foundation was established in 2001 as a charitable nonprofit organization to support improved healthcare for Arizonans through funding nonprofit organizations, programs and projects that accomplish its mission and vision. To date, the Foundation has committed over $60 million to increase access to healthcare and improve health outcomes for high-risk, underserved and uninsured populations. To learn more visit or call (602) 778-1200.

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Video Coverage of the Operation School Bell Event at CFA Phoenix

From / Fox 10 KSAZ August 8th, 2013 6PM Broadcast

From / Fox 10 KSAZ August 8th, 2013 8AM Broadcast

From / 3TV KTVK August 8th, 2013 4:30PM Broadcast