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Addressing Summer Learning Loss: Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative partners with BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life)

SAN JOSE - September 14, 2012 - BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), in partnership with FMSD and the Franklin McKinley Children's Initiative, provided its evidence-based summer learning program for 300 students in grades 6-8 at the Bridges Academy this past summer. Working together, the nonprofit organization and school district delivered a summer learning model that included 6.5 hours of literacy and math instruction and enrichment, five days per week, for five weeks. The partnership is designed to harness school and community resources to increase students' academic skills and prepare them for success in the fall.

Franklin-McKindly School District superintendent Dr. John R. Porter, Jr. commented, "The BELL Summer program at Bridges Academy is a wonderful opportunity for our 7th and 8th grade students and another example of how the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative is leveraging resources from partners to provide quality services to the Santee neighborhood community."

Marybeth Affleck-Nacey of the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative added, "I've admired BELL's work for many years and am thrilled to be part of the expansion into California. BELL will be a game changer for children at Bridges Academy."

"BELL was honored to be invited by the Franklin-McKinley School District and Children's Initiative to be a summer learning partner and help achieve a common goal of eliminating summer learning loss and helping all students excel," explains BELL's CEO, Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D. "We have high expectations for student achievement, and we look forward to working with teachers, parents, and community partners to help students fulfill those expectations.

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