RUTLAND - The First Tee National School Program and the *statewide golf collaborative partners have announced 12 new elementary schools will participate in the First Tee National School Program for the 2010 school year. The 12 new schools join the 48 schools already participating in the program. Enrollment in the 60 schools participating in 2010 represent more than 10,000 physical education students.
2010 new schools: Berkshire Elementary (Richford), Bishop John A. Marshall School (Morrisville), The Dorset School, Middletown Springs Elementary, Orleans Elementary, Poultney Elementary, St. Albans Town Education Center, Stowe Elementary, Thetford Elementary, Tinmouth Elementary, Waits River Valley School (East Corinth), and Wells Village School.
2009 schools: Allen Brook School (Williston), Beeman Elementary (New Haven), Bradford Elementary & Graded School, Champlain Elementary (Burlington), Clarendon Elementary (North Clarendon), Dover Elementary School, Dummerston School (East Dummerston), Elm Hill Elementary (North Springfield), Georgia Middle School (St. Albans), Grafton Elementary School, J.J. Flynn Elementary (Burlington), Kurn Hattin Homes (Westminster), Lothrop Elementary School (Pittsford), Manchester Elementary, Mettawee Community School (West Pawlet), Newbury Elementary School, Northfield Elementary, Oak Grove School (Brattleboro), Orange Center School (East Barre), Orchard Elementary School (South Burlington), Rochester School, Rumney Elementary School (Middlesex), Stockbridge Elementary School, Warren Elementary School, and Williston Central.
2008 schools: Barnard Elementary School, Bristol Elementary School, Cavendish Town Elementary School, Chester-Andover Elementary School, East Montpelier Elementary School, Ludlow Elementary School, Lyndon Town School, Milton Elementary School, Pomfret Elementary School, Proctor Elementary School, Reading Elementary School, Rutland Town School, Sherburne Elementary School, and State Street School (Windsor).
"The National School Program is structured to present a quality, school golf curriculum that develops competency, understanding and progression through movement and physical skills," said Benna Cawthorn, Director of The First Tee National School Program. "Through this program, children as young as five will be exposed to the motor patterns associated with golf, along with the inherent values of the game."
The National School Program curriculum is based on national physical education standards (www.aahperd.com), and uses equipment designed to be developmentally appropriate, safe and fun for children and beginners. The statewide Vermont golf collaborative partners, corporate sponsors, and individual donors are funding up to 75% of the one-time cost ($2,890) to the schools.
Community support is integral to this program and the statewide golf associations and Vermont PGA teaching professionals will provide every school with information on a variety of instructional and play opportunities for interested students and families.
Parents may also check the junior golf website: www.juniorlinks.com or www.thefirsttee.org for more information.
The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, Florida at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more than 2.2 million participants and students in 49 states and four international locations - Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairperson.