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BELL and Project L.I.F.T. Partner to Deliver Full-Day Summer Learning Experience to Students

BOSTON - May 15, 2012 - BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) announced a partnership today with Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte, North Carolina to collaborate with schools and deliver a full-day summer learning program for 1,260 underserved students. The summer learning program will begin on June 18 and serve students currently in grades K-8 in all nine of the city's West Corridor schools.

The program - BELL Summer - will include 6.5 hours of literacy and math instruction and enrichment, delivered five days per week for six weeks. Classes and activities will by led by teachers and teachers assistants hired from the community. The partnership model will deliver more hours of learning than schools can provide on their own, and it has been proven to boost student achievement.

"At Project L.I.F.T. we are very excited about our partnership with BELL," explains Christian A. Friend, Ph.D., Executive Director for Strategic Planning & Evaluation at Project L.I.F.T. "Providing extended learning opportunities is one of our four areas of focus, and we recognize BELL as a national leader in this work. BELL's proven results and willingness to collaborate make this an outstanding partnership. We strongly believe that this partnership will yield positive results for the children and families in Project L.I.F.T. schools."

BELL and Project L.I.F.T. will pay for the expanded summer learning program with grants from foundations, corporations, and individuals, with BELL bringing funding to Charlotte from national sources such as the Social Innovation Fund, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and Wallace Foundation, and Project L.I.F.T. applying funding from local sources. The summer learning partnership will produce several tangible benefits for the community, as it will create jobs for local teachers and aspiring educators, provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch for youth, and engage students in physical fitness, field trips, and community service.

"We pursue the same goal," explains BELL CEO Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D., "to equip students with the skills and attitude they need to graduate on time, get a degree, and succeed in life. For struggling students, transforming the summer into a time for learning is a key step in achieving that goal."

About BELL

BELL, founded in 1992, is one of the nation's leading providers of quality summer and after school educational programs. It is committed to transforming the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities. BELL serves more than 15,000 students - whom BELL recognizes as "scholars" - in public schools throughout Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Detroit; Newark; New York City; and Springfield, MA. BELL's summer learning program has been independently proven by the Urban Institute to increase children's reading skills and parental involvement. BELL employs more than 1,500 teachers and tutors across the nation. Please visit www.experienceBELL.org for more information.

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