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BELL Invited to Showcase Summer Learning at CarolinaFest

CHARLOTTE, NC - August 27, 2012 - BELL is proud to announce its participation at CarolinaFest in Charlotte on Labor Day, September 3, 2012. The organization seeks to educate attendees about the important impact that summer learning programs have on student achievement and school performance. BELL's participation follows a successful summer - the organization served more than 2,700 scholars in the Carolinas, created hundreds of seasonal jobs, and raised and invested philanthropic support to boost student achievement.

"BELL has been invited into schools and communities in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Spartanburg to expand learning time for the scholars who need it most," explains Tony Battaglia, BELL's Chief Operating Officer. "We are honored by this opportunity to shine a light on how partnerships like these can make a huge difference in the community."

Event organizers expect over 30,000 guests to attend CarolinaFest in celebrating the Carolinas, the South and Labor Day. A family friendly festival event, CarolinaFest is free and open to the public. BELL's display will be located in the Youth & Education Legacy Village on the green near the Gantt Center, between Tryon & College Streets. The Foundation for the Carolinas is convening this Legacy Village, and other participating nonprofits include, for example, Communities in Schools, Discovery Place, Freedom School Partners, and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte.

BELL's display is part infographic, part community art project. It tells a story about summer learning that includes writings and drawings by scholars, teachers, and parents throughout Charlotte about their BELL Summer experience. Attendees are invited to contribute their own reflections on summer learning to create a collaborative statement about the importance of summer learning in their community.

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