PCS Students Link Golf Skills with Life Lessons

PCS Students Link Golf Skills with Life Lessons
Posted on 10/01/2019
Putnam County Schools elementary students will be introduced to The First Tee National School Program this fall.

Putnam County Schools is excited to introduce The First Tee National School Program (First Tee) to all of our Putnam elementary schools this fall. 

First Tee is a national program that teaches students the fundamental skills of golf along with character development and healthy habits. The program will be taught by Putnam elementary physical educators using safe, fun lesson plans that will teach students about physical, social, and emotional wellness. 

Putnam County Schools was able to fund First Tee with money raised through fundraisers and campaigns which took place in April of 2019. One campaign included the Adopt-a-School initiative where community members and businesses could donate to a school of their choice. 

Those who participated in this specific initiative are listed below: 

∙ Buffalo Elementary School - LOC Investment Advisers 
∙ Conner Street Elementary - Farmers Bank & Savings Company 
∙ Eastbrook Elementary - Mr. and Mrs. Ryan & Melissa Stewart and Mr. and Mrs. Harold & Phyllis Payne 
∙ George Washington Elementary - Big Sandy Superstore 
∙ Hurricane Town Elementary - Mr. Edward Harless 
∙ Lakeside Elementary - Blizz Biz - Dairy Queen (Rt. 60 Hurricane) 
∙ Mountain View Elementary - WoodmenLife 
∙ Poca Elementary - Appalachian Power 
∙ Scott Teays Elementary - Calvin Broyles Jeweler & Henderson Insurance 
∙ West Teays Elementary - Creative Pediatric Dentistry & Crout & O’Dell Orthodontics 
∙ Winfield Elementary - Generations PT, SNAP Fitness, Fusion Heating & Cooling, General Hardware & Lumber, Tarr Family Businesses 

Nationwide, more than 10,000 schools in 1,400 school districts have been introduced to First Tee. There are currently a total of 27 counties and 133 schools offering the program in West Virginia. 

"The benevolent and spirit minded folks of Putnam County have financially made this possible,” said Brad Ullman, Executive Director of the West Virginia Golf Association. “Additionally, we sincerely appreciate Superintendent Hudson’s support of this initiative in addition to all of the principals and physical education teachers who will execute the programming in their classes. We are incredibly excited to welcome and introduce Putnam's 4,600+ elementary-aged students to The First Tee of West Virginia."

Launched in 2004, The First Tee National School Program helps students develop an appreciation for the positive personal and social values associated with golf. Students engage in safe, fun lesson activities that lead to motor skill development all while gaining an introduction to a lifelong recreation and health-enhancing activity. 

For more information about The First Tee National School Program, visit www.thefirsttee.org or about The First Tee of West Virginia, visit www.thefirstteewestvirginia.org