North & South Carolina

BELL piloted its first summer learning program in North Carolina in 2009 at the invitation of a middle school in Charlotte. In 2011, BELL received a Social Innovation Fund grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation to further expand its summer learning programs in the state. In 2012, BELL was invited by Project L.I.F.T. in Charlotte and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to expand learning time in the summer. In 2014, we partnered with the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Prevention of Youth Violence to bring the BELL Summer program to Wilmington.

We continue to partner with schools and community organizations, including Project L.I.F.T and Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, as well as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, First Presbyterian Church, and several additional individual schools in Charlotte. In 2015, we kicked off a new partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to expand grade-level reading opportunities through our READy Scholars program.  We also be launched new partnerships in Greenvile, SC, and Durham, NC. 

We welcome opportunities to form new partnerships with schools and communities throughout the Carolinas.

partnership reports


Details on applying to BELL Summer in your community can be found here:

  • Charlotte, NC Project LIFT at Allenbrook, Ashley Park, Ranson, and Statesville Road
  • Charlotte, NC at Devonshire, First Presbyterian Church, Huntingtowne, and MLK
  • Durham, NC at Eastway Elementary
  • Greenville, SC at Berea, Lakeview, and Tanglewood

Interested in joining BELL's team in North & South Carolina?  Apply now!
For general inquiries: (704) 626-5776

jerri [dot] haigler [at] experiencebell [dot] org (subject: Interested%20in%20BELL%20programs%20in%20the%20Carolinas) (Email us) about BELL's work in North & South Carolina.

sherrinne [dot] reece [at] experiencebell [dot] org (subject: Interested%20in%20BELL%20programs%20in%20North%20Carolina) ( )


601 East 5th Street
Suite 460
Charlotte, NC  28202

2900 Indiana Ave.
Winston-Salem, NC 27105


local leadership

Jerri Haigler, B.S., A.P.R.
Executive Director

Jerri Haigler, Executive Director

Jerri leads BELL’s programs and partnerships in North Carolina.  She brings to BELL a wide range of experience and passion in public relations, community development, and education.  Previously, she served as the Vice President of Education, Engagement & Communications at the United Way of Central Carolinas (UWCC), where she oversaw strategic communications and marketing and strengthened community and volunteer engagement.  She has also served as Executive Director for Parent University and Family & Community Services for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, among other leadership positions in Charlotte.  She is actively involved at First Baptist Church-Huntersville, and also serves as a mentor for a student at Sedgefield Middle School.

Jerri holds a B.S. in Communications from Wingate University and is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America. She was honored with the Infinity Award from the Charlotte Chapter of the PRSA of America, and in 2011, Jerri received the Wingate University Distinguished Alumni Award.

jerri [dot] haigler [at] experiencebell [dot] org (subject: Interested%20in%20BELL%20programs%20in%20North%20Carolina) (Email Jerri) about BELL's programs and partnerships in North & South Carolina.

Sherrinne Reece
Director of Program Operations

Sherrinne joined BELL in 2005 as a Site Manager in New York City. She went on to coach new Site Managers and build BELL's first summer learning partnership in Baltimore in 2007, and helped establish new partnerships with public schools in Charlotte in 2009 and with Detroit Public Schools in 2010. Sherrinne earned BELL’s Peterkin Award for her outstanding leadership, program quality, and scholar outcomes. She graduated from Canisius College.

sherrinne [dot] reece [at] experiencebell [dot] org (subject: Interested%20in%20BELL%20programs%20in%20North%20Carolina) (Email Sherrinne) about BELL’s programs and partnerships in Charlotte, NC & Greenville, SC.