success stories




Frankie Cruz has been involved with the BELL Summer for seven years as a scholar, a volunteer, and most recently, as a tutor. The opportunities and relationships that Frankie found at BELL transformed him from a struggling middle school student into an aspiring teacher on the path to college. 

When Frankie entered BELL Summer, he had been held back twice in school due to failing grades. Education was not a priority for him, and going to college was not on the horizon. His teachers and site manager believed in his ability to excel and demanded he do the same. Frankie began thinking about the future, what an education could bring him, and where he wanted to be in life. 

After two years with BELL Summer, Frankie's grades had skyrocketed and he was awarded a Red Sox Scholarship, an honor that took him one step closer to higher education.