RUTLANDThe Central Vermont Public Service Community Giving Fund donated a $1,000 to the Vermont First Tee National School Program Initiative. Bill Deehan of Central Vermont Public Service made the presentation to Michael Montaigne, a director of the Vermont Golf Association. The CVPS Community Giving Program provides financial assistance in grants up to $1,000 to nonprofit organizations in Vermont in which one or more CVPS employees are actively involved. The focus of The First Tee National School Program is to establish a lifelong interest in golf by engaging young people in a structured golf curriculum that promotes personal character development within a physical education setting. The program teaches elementary school children The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment, using the game of golf as the platform. Instruction takes place during physical education classes with the children using developmentally appropriate SNAG (Starting New at Golf) equipment. The Vermont PGA Professional nearest each participating school will participate on-site during the classes and offer next step transitional golf opportunities at their home clubs. Fifteen schools participated in the inaugural program for the spring of 2008: Barnard Elementary, Bristol Elementary, Cavendish Town Elementary, Chester-Andover Elementary, East Montpelier Elementary, Ludlow Elementary, Milton Elementary, Mountain View Community School (Rutland), Pomfret Elementary, Proctor Elementary, Reading Elementary, Rutland Town School, Sherburne Elementary, and State Street School (Windsor). The goal for 2008-09 is to increase, by a minimum of ten, the number of schools participating in the program throughout the state. Major funding for the Vermont First Tee initiative is provided by the Vermont statewide golf associations: Vermont Golf Association, Vermont Golf Association Scholarship Fund, Vermont Golf Course Superintendents Association, Vermont Golf Industry Committee, Vermont PGA, Vermont Seniors Golf Association, and Vermont State Womens Golf Association. Secure online donations can be made through the Vermont Golf Association website www.vtga.org.