Bell and Operation Warm Provide Winter Coats to Boston Elementary Students

The donation is part of Operation Warm’s mission to help ensure that all children have the warmth of a new coat to help them stay healthy, attend school and develop strong self-esteem. The program is underwritten by the donations of local and national foundations in addition to private corporations.

More than 700 students at six schools in Boston are receiving the coats and are part of the BELL Afterschool tutoring program. They have successfully completed the first stage of their afterschool academic program. BELL provides tutoring and enrichment services to students, who BELL calls ‘scholars,’ in grades K-5.

‘Student success is dependent not only on academic instruction, but also factors such as wellness and self-esteem,’ said BELL CEO Dr. Tiffany Cooper Gueye. ‘Our partnership with Operation Warm helps BELL provide for a range of needs that impact the development of our scholars.’

‘The scholars receiving these coats have been active participants in the BELL Afterschool program and have displayed excellent attendance,’ said Brenda Brathwaite, Boston Regional Director for BELL and coordinator of this year’s program. ‘We are happy to reward their efforts and dedication to reaching their full potential in life.’

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