Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) ( exists to transform the academic achievements, self-confidence and life trajectories of children living in underresourced communities. To promote a culture of lifelong learning, BELL recognizes students in summer and after-school programs as “scholars.” At no cost to families, BELL delivers a summer learning solution for 2,000 scholars, grades 3-5, across Montgomery County Title I schools.

Headquartered: Rockville (local headquarters)

Serves: Montgomery County

What a donation buys:

  • $250 sends a class of 20 scholars on a summer Friday field trip.
  • $1,500 supports academic instruction and engaging enrichment activities for one scholar.
  • $10,000 sponsors two teachers’ professional development, ensuring high-quality instruction for each classroom of 20 scholars.

Volunteer opportunities:

  • One day: Share the steps you took to achieve success at a “Career and College Pride Day.”
  • One day: Conduct on-site interviews with teachers, parents and scholars.
  • Internships