On July 20, MCPS and county government officials gathered at Weller Road ES to celebrate the successful launch of the Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) program. BELL is a five-week summer program for second and third grade students that is designed to help close the achievement gap. The program focuses on literacy, math and hands-on enrichment activities. The program is a partnership among MCPS, county government and the Norman and Ruth Rales Foundation. The program will serve 4,200 students over four years.