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News 14 Carolina: Students attend summer classes in effort to maintain learning retention

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - July 8, 2013 - A group of students in Charlotte have made the personal decision to attend classes during the summer months in order to help build upon what they learned in the spring when fall classes resume.

B.E.L.L., or Building Educated Leaders for Life, is a national non-profit that incorporates recreation with academics to help students retain what they learned in the school year.

"It's not just reading a textbook and answering questions. We try to engage scholars in real life applications with the reading program," said BELL lead teacher Tiffany Craig.

The organization partnered with Project LIFT to help disadvantaged students with lower end of grade test scores, the same students who suffer from 'Brain Drain' the most.

"All the research shows that students on average lose so many of the skills that they've gained over the school year and we're just trying to close the achievement gap that so many scholars see throughout so that when they come back to school, they're that much ahead of the game," said BELL in the Carolinas Director Ashleigh Snyder.

This is the second year that BELL is partnering with Project LIFT. About 1,200 students from the Charlotte area were accepted into the program.