Homeless Education Coordinator Angela Chandler chats with a student during the Day of Giving celebration.

Homeless Education Coordinator Angela Chandler chats with a student during the Day of Giving celebration.

Thanks to a partnership with Operation School Bell and Universal Studios, 250 kindergarten through sixth-grade students were treated recently to an early holiday of giving and gifts during a daylong event at the landmark theme park.

During the annual Universal Day of Giving, students who are supported by L.A. Unified’s Homeless Education Program received gifts of clothing, books and backpacks stuffed with school supplies. They also spent the afternoon checking out the attractions at Universal, with special passes giving them front-of-the-line access to the rides.


Click here to see a KLCS-TV video of the Universal Day of Giving.


“This fosters a sense of altruism when we are able to give back to our students,” said Angela Chandler, interim coordinator of the Homeless Education Program, which serves as an advocate and support network for some 13,000 of the District’s students.

Part of the Assistance League of Southern California, Operation School Bell holds special events throughout the year to raise money to help support the District’s under-served youngsters. Volunteers also contribute more than 25,000 hours annually to ensuring that students feel valued and special.

Their efforts pay off for students like Raymond, who was overwhelmed at being chosen to participate in this year’s Day of Giving.

“Last night, I wasn’t able to sleep I was so excited,” he said.