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BELL, the Franklin-McKinley School District, and the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative Partner to Boost Student Achievement

SAN JOSE- May 2, 2012- BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) announced a partnership today with the Franklin-McKinley School District and the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative in San Jose, California to offer its evidence-based summer learning program for 300 students in grades 6-8 at the Bridges Academy. Working together, the nonprofit organization and school district will deliver a summer learning model that includes 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-McKinley School District superintendent Dr. John R. Porter, Jr. commented, "The BELL Summer program at Bridges Academy is wonderful opportunity for our 7th and 8th grade students and another example 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, Franklin-McKinley School District, and the Franklin-McKinley Children's Initiative are each covering a portion of program expenses. BELL is bringing philanthropic funding from the Social Innovation Fund, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and others. The partnership will enable BELL and the Bridges Academy to create a high-quality learning environment that includes small-group instruction and enrichment led by teachers and teachers' assistants hired from the school community. It will deliver new summer jobs and training opportunities. It will meet additional needs of families by delivering free nutritious breakfast and lunch for students and engaging students in physical fitness, field trips, and community service.

"BELL is 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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