Montgomery County joins BELL program

It helps students close the summer learning gap

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. - A new program in Montgomery County is aiming to close the learning gap that happens during the summer. 
It's called BELL and it stands for building educated leaders for life. The program is in eight schools around Montgomery County and focuses specifically on second and third graders. The five week long program includes lessons in reading and math and even some field trips. 
The Montgomery County Council, Montgomery County Public Schools, the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation, and the BELL program are all splitting the cost. 
"I hope that this will be the model that we will pursue in other arenas, after school programming or any other kind of programming that will help our students," said Council member Nancy Navarro. 
Officials say that the BELL program will serve 4,200 students over four years.


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