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October 2010
Housatonic Academy Receives Grant From Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation 10/13/2010

The Housatonic Academy, a program of Hillcrest Educational Centers, has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation. The grant will help equip the sensory integration room for students with autism at Housatonic Academy.

Hillcrest President Gerard Burke said, "We welcome the willingness of the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation to stand with us in support of families touched by autism. With this generous grant, we are able to offer a better equipped facility to help these children."

Foundation Treasurer John Cifu said, "Our partnership with Hillcrest provides an important way in which the Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation can give back to our community. We are gratified to support the Housatonic Academy efforts because of the important work they do locally."

Housatonic Academy is the area's only therapeutic day school and serves students from Berkshire County. An expansion project at Housatonic Academy was completed this past June and has enabled Hillcrest Educational Centers to provide more services for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Housatonic Academy Program Director Allison Billard said, "Time spent in a multi-sensory room has been shown to increase concentration, relaxation and alertness. For children with autism or severe communication difficulties, the stimulating and soothing properties of these rooms has been shown to calm their behavior and make them more communicative and responsive. This grant will help our students excel both personally and academically."

About The Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation

The Berkshire Life Charitable Foundation was chartered in 2001 to honor two major corporate milestones that coincided that year: the 150th anniversary of the founding of Berkshire Life Insurance Company and its merger with The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. Its grants address the many needs that arise when individuals residing in Berkshire County have a physical or developmental disability.

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