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Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Awards a Grant to BELL to Support Summer Learning in Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem, NC - May 29, 2013 -BELL is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust to support its summer learning program. The program will serve 1,500 students in grades K-8 at three elementary schools and three middle schools.

The goal of the full-day, five-week summer learning program is to boost students' academic achievements and prepare them to succeed in the next school year. The one-year, $192,500 grant will help pay for direct program expenses, such as the salaries of teachers and enrichment instructors, curriculum, field trips, and evaluation activities. The grant, when combined with public funding from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, will enable BELL and the school district to deliver higher-quality summer learning experiences for more students.

"We are thrilled that the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust is supporting our summer learning partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools," explains Tiffany Gueye, Ph.D., BELL's Chief Executive Officer. "Thanks to the Trust's grant, 1,500 students are going to learn and grow in a fun and engaging summer learning experience."

"I am thankful for the support that the Trust has given to the summer learning program," Superintendent Don Martin said. "It gives us the opportunity to expand the program to include more students, helping to combat summer learning loss."

This summer marks the second year of BELL's partnership with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Last year, BELL and the school district piloted their first summer learning partnership and enrolled 1,062 students. Evaluation results showed that the program was a success, with participating students - called "scholars" in BELL Summer - showing significant gains in literacy and math skills, according to standardized test results.

"Students who participated in the BELL Summer program last year showed significant learning gains, and the Trust is excited to help make that opportunity available to more finically disadvantaged middle school students," said Karen McNeil-Miller, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. "Mrs. Reynolds worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life for financially needy residents of Forsyth County, and our investment in BELL scholars is one way we can continue her important work."

In 2012, BELL raised philanthropic support from national sources to support some of the local costs of its programs. The nonprofit organization's sustainability model calls for its programs and partnerships to be supported by a combination of school and philanthropic funding, with local philanthropic support gradually taking the place of funding raised from national sources. This grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, therefore, represents an important step in building a local base of support for the innovative partnership between BELL and the school district.

"It takes a community to support world-class summer learning experiences for students," says Gueye. "By mobilizing and blending school and community resources, we can better serve students and have a greater impact on their success in school and beyond."

About the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Health Care Division promotes wellness state-wide by investing in prevention and treatment. The Poor and Needy Division of the Trust responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.

About Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools serves 53,400 students in 79 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 www.wsfcs.k12.nc.us to learn more.

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