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BELL Partners with 33 Schools and Expands Learning Time for 4,000 Scholars in 2012-2013 School Year

Dorchester, MA - June 18, 2013 - Today BELL announced that it served more than 4,000 scholars during the 2012-2013 school year. A wide range of school, district, and community partnerships enabled BELL to combine public and private funds and to tailor it's after school program model to local needs.

A brief synopsis of BELL's school-year programs follows:

Baltimore, MD: BELL served nearly 700 scholars at four partner schools in Baltimore. BELL's work at the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Elementary School and Harlem Park Elementary & Middle School was funded in part by TASC's ExpandED initiative, which sought to engage all of the school's students in expanded learning activities. BELL also continued its partnerships with the Arundel and Cherry Hill Elementary & Middle Schools though grants from The Family League.

Boston, MA: BELL served nearly 600 scholars at five partner schools in Boston, including the Kenny, Mather, and Mattahunt Elementary Schools and Orchard Gardens & Young Achievers K-8 schools. This year, BELL tested a before-school model at Young Achievers as struggling students arrived early at 7:00 for breakfast and an intensive skills-building program before the school day began.

Charlotte, NC: After a successful launch of a partnership with Project L.I.F.T. last summer, BELL continued its work with the intermediary organization and delivered its after school program for more than 300 scholars in Grades 3, 5 & 8. BELL After School operated at eight schools in the West Corridor: Allenbrook, Ashley Park, Walter G. Byers, Druid Hills, and Statesville Road Elementary Schools, Bruns Academy, Thomasboro Academy, and Ranson Middle School.

Detroit, MI: BELL partnered with Murphy Elementary & Middle School and served more than 100 scholars in Detroit through funding from the Education Achievement Authority.

Newark, NJ: BELL launched a new partnership with New Jersey After 3, which provided funding for BELL to serve 600 scholars at two Newark Public Schools - Camden Street and Chancellor Avenue Elementary Schools. These partnerships are unique in that they sought to engage all of the schools' students in expanded learning activities, like BELL's work through ExpandED schools in Baltimore.

New York City, NY: BELL served over 1,500 scholars at nine schools in New York City. A grant from the Department of Youth and Community Development enabled BELL to partner with PS 89 (Bronx), PS 15 & 111 (Queens), and PS 36 (Manhattan), and expand learning time after school, as well as during school vacations and on holidays. Partnerships with PS 150 & 184 (Brooklyn) were created through grants from the city counsel. Grants from the city's new Expanded Learning Time initiative (ELT) led to an after school program at PS 140 (Bronx) and the expansion of BELL's work at PS 111 (Queens). In addition, BELL maintained long-standing partnerships with PS 152 in Washington Heights and PS 78 in the Bronx through grants from 21st Century Community Learning Centers program and Bank Street College of Education, respectively.

San Francisco Bay Area, CA: BELL launched its after school program for the first time at Bridges Academy in San Jose, and at three schools in San Rafael, including San Pedro & Venetia Valley Elementary Schools and Davidson Middle School. In total, BELL served nearly 200 scholars after school in the Bay Area. BELL's after school programs in the Bay Area were primarily funded by the Supplemental Educational Services (SES) provision of the No Child Left Behind Act, the funding stream that, in the past, fueled BELL's after school expansion in New York City and Baltimore.

Outcomes from the 2012-2013 BELL After School program are expected to be published in July.

BELL wishes to thank all of the foundations, corporations, and individuals that generously supported its after school programs.

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