The First Tee Expands Its Schools Program

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The school day is about more than learning math, science, and history. It is a time for kids to learn about themselves and their goals. That’s why The First Tee partners with schools across King County to make sure lessons on core values are a key part of the school day.

The First Tee’s School Program not only introduces elementary students to the game of golf, but The First Tee Nine Core Values and The First Tee Healthy Habits during physical education classes. This school year, two new districts will benefit from the program. Students at nine elementary schools in the Tukwila and Snoqualmie School Districts will learn values like confidence, respect, and perseverance through the program this year. These schools will be among 185 schools throughout King County delivering the program.

The First Tee of Greater Seattle’s School Program is the second largest program of its kind in the country. Through the program, teachers receive professional training, curriculum, and equipment to integrate The First Tee Nine Core Values into their daily activities.

And teachers are seeing the impact. “Homeroom teachers comment to me that our kids are on their best behavior during golf week, ” said PE teacher Jeanine Bastasch. “I know it’s not because of the golf, but because of the core concepts we are teaching, like respect and judgment.”

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