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BELL Announces Scholar Success from Summer Learning Program

BOSTON - November, 10, 2010 - Today, BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a leading provider of summer and after school learning programs, announced that the more than 7,000 students - "scholars"- who attended the BELL Summer five- or six-week program in six cities nationally gained an average of more than five months of grade-equivalent skills in both reading and math.

During the summer of 2010, the BELL Summer program worked to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence, and life trajectories of children living in under-resourced, urban communities in grades K-8 at 38 sites in regions across the United States, including: Baltimore, MD; Boston, MA; Springfield, MA; Detroit, MI: Augusta, GA; and New York City, NY.

"We are so proud of this year's BELL Summer results," said BELL CEO Dr. Tiffany Copper Gueye. "The improvements made during BELL Summer programs across the country this year are a testament to the hard work and dedication of both our scholars and our staff. It's proof that our model works and we'll continue toward our goal of narrowing the achievement gap through out-of-school learning programs."

In a survey of the BELL teaching staff administered at the end of the program, 75 percent of teachers reported that scholars did better or much better in reading, and 78 percent reported that scholars did better or much better in math. Additionally, more than 80 percent of teachers reported scholars improved in self-efficacy areas, including self-confidence, expressing ideas, and asking for help.

On November 9, Gueye presented at the National Summer Learning Association's National Conference on Summer Learning in Indianapolis, IN. Gueye spoke about the power of summer learning, and how innovative school and district leaders who are strategic about offering high quality summer programs to the most critical populations of scholars can partner with organizations like BELL.

The goal of the BELL Summer program is to deliver transformative summer learning opportunities to scholars in under-resourced, urban communities to help combat "summer learning loss." Studies show that 60 percent of the achievement gap can be attributed to the lack of academic and enrichment opportunities during summer vacation, as students can lose up to three months of skills learned during this time. Providing quality summer learning experiences for children is gaining national momentum as a critical bridge in preventing learning losses and closing the achievement gap.

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 10,000 children annually in public schools throughout Augusta, GA, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, New York City and Springfield, MA. BELL employs more than 1,000 teachers and tutors across the nation.Please visit www.experiencebell.org for more information.