For more information how you can support the David Balfour Fund, please contact:
Director of Advancement
Ph: (831) 625-8354 or email@example.com
Classes began this semester with students and teachers convening online and connecting with one another virtually—mostly in real-time on an adjusted daily schedule—from their homes across the world. Though none of us prefer it to our lives on campus, we’ve all come to embrace the wisdom of our School’s namesake, 19th-century Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who observed: “Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”
Following this wisdom and the tradition of drawing from our namesake’s writings, we have created a fund in honor of David Balfour, the hero of Stevenson’s novel Kidnapped. Balfour uses nimbleness and ingenuity in the face of myriad challenges to deliver him to both safety and victory. Since the School moved to remote instruction in mid-March, we have had to make major new investments in technology, infrastructure, and supplies in order to maintain the School’s high standards for teaching and learning, and to sustain the sense of community that makes Stevenson such a special place. Several generous alumni and friends of the School stepped forward to pay for essential tools like classroom cameras, new software and hardware for teachers, and materials that make learning possible for students working at home.
Now, one of our priorities is to be ready and equipped to welcome our students back to campus as soon as it is permissible, safe, and socially responsible to do so. Donations to the Balfour Fund provide the resources we need to respond swiftly to prevailing conditions so that we can create a safe and effective campus learning environment. We know that we will need to expand our learning spaces to permit physical distancing and proper ventilation, and to fund a comprehensive testing and tracing strategy. But we also know that between now and the time of our return, our understanding of the virus and effective mitigation strategies will continue to grow. The Balfour Fund provides the agility we need to seize upon new options as they present themselves.