January 11, 2012—The Stiller Foundation is pleased to announce its support for the Balfour Education Center in Henderson, North Carolina. Established in 2004 to support at risk students in Henderson County, the Balfour Center is currently serving 151 students in grades 6-12.
The mission of the Balfour Education Center is to provide a quality educational experience to those students who have not found success in the traditional classroom setting. Balfour offers its students multiple programs including psychological support through a day treatment center, the H.A.T.S.(Helping All Teens Succeed) mentoring program, a youth recovery program for students at risk of dropping out of school, a daycare program for children of teen mothers, and a program to support students newly arrived to the US. The Center also provides technical instruction in auto repair and cosmetology to the high school students.
The grant from the Stiller Foundation will be used to provide technology upgrades throughout the school including smart boards to facilitate classroom learning. A portion of the grant will also be used to establish a scholarship program for Balfour graduates wishing to attend college.
"On behalf of Henderson County Public Schools and the Balfour Education Center, I would like to extend my gratitude to Ben Stiller and his foundation for this generous donation,” said Kent Parent, Principal of Balfour Education Center. “With this grant, Balfour students and teachers will begin using 21st century technology for direct classroom instruction. Your generosity will make a difference in the lives and future of Balfour Education’s students."