BELL & Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Partner to Deliver Summer Learning to Students
BOSTON - March 27, 2012- BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life) announced a partnership today with Winston-Salem / Forsyth County Schools to offer its evidence-based summer learning program to support 1,040 underserved students in grades K-8 across the district. Working together, the nonprofit organization and the 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 - doubling the number of hours of learning for students at risk of falling behind.
"Our partnership with BELL will allow students to spend twice as much time in the classroom and doing enrichment activities as they have in previous summers, while spending the same amount of money," said Dr. Don Martin, superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. "This is critical in helping students retain skills and knowledge between school years."
BELL and the district will share the program expense, with BELL bringing philanthropic funding from the Social Innovation Fund, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, and Wallace Foundation, and others to support program activities, teacher training, parent outreach, evaluation, and other BELL Summer activities. This partnership will enable BELL and the school district to create and support jobs for local teachers and aspiring educators at a time when there are few by hiring them to teach the program. It will also meet additional needs of families by delivering free nutritious breakfast and lunch for youth and engaging students in physical fitness, field trips, and community service.
"Working in partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools will result in higher-quality summer learning experiences for the students who need them most," explains BELL CEO Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D. "By combining resources, we'll be able to deliver individualized instruction that boosts student achievement and prepares them for success in school in the fall."
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 15,000 students - whom BELL recognizes as "scholars" - in public schools throughout Baltimore; Boston; Charlotte; Detroit; Newark; New York City; and Springfield, MA. BELL's summer learning program has been independently proven by the Urban Institute to increase children's reading skills and parental involvement. BELL employs more than 1,500 teachers and tutors across the nation. Please visit www.experienceBELL.org for more information.
About Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves 52,400 students in 80 schools in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. At every school, students are led by teachers and staff members dedicated to helping them grow as students and people. Parents, students, schools and the community work together to build the leaders of tomorrow. Visit wsfcs.k12.nc.us to learn more.