MANCHESTER -- Stratton Foundation, Stratton Mountain and Burr and Burton Academy have announced a partnership to support the Student Success Program at Burr and Burton Academy.

"With the success of our 24 Hours at Stratton event, coupled with our myriad of employment and internship opportunities at the mountain, we will be able to provide financial resources, mentoring, and meaningful job experiences to these young people," said Sky Foulkes, president of Stratton Mountain.

The Student Success Program at BBA is targeting students who aspire to be first generation college graduates or who are not yet fulfilling their potential. Launched this summer with Success Camp attended by 27 rising 9th graders, the program provides an intensive focus on mentoring, relationship building and visioning so students learn to see and seize opportunities made possible through education. Led by director Jason Pergament, who brings extensive experience with the KIPP program in Harlem, the Success Scholars have already visited colleges, received training on iPads, met with teachers and college counselors, and worked to develop a personal vision, all in order to get a running start on their high school experience. Their work will continue during the school year with emphasis on keeping sight of goals, developing habits and skills that lead to success, and recognizing that personal growth comes through the constant pursuit of excellence.

"This partnership puts us all at the forefront in the fight for the future of our young people. We are incredibly appreciative of the human and financial support made possible by the Stratton Foundation and Stratton Mountain, and we look forward to seeing students become educational groundbreakers in their families," said BBA Headmaster Mark Tashjian.

BBA serves 12 sending towns in southern Vermont. The most recent statistical report by the Vermont Agency of Education shows that 40 percent of students in the Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union qualify for free or reduced price school meals.