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May 2, 2014

Ken-Ton Schools to participate in First Tee program

Tonawanda News — Four Ken-Ton schools will participate in The First Tee National School Program, which promotes character development and values through the game of golf, a statement released Thursday announced.

The First Tee program is based on national physical education standards. As part of the partnership, Ken-Ton teachers and Youth, Parks and Recreation staff will take part in a training session at 1 p.m. on May 9 at the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome. 

The event will teach participants how to utilize equipment that is designed to be fun and developmentally appropriate for school-aged children, and physical education teachers will receive training and activity guides from The First Tee to use in their classes. The program teaches kids a code of conduct, nine core values and nine healthy habits. 

“We are so excited to be working with First Tee,” the district’s Health and Physical Education Curriculum Learning Specialist Heather Ratka said. “The program will provide additional training for our teachers, opportunities for children to stay active in the community and reinforce the goals of the district’s wellness and physical education programs.”

The First Tee and the town are working to provide more training, as well as expanded access to the game of golf in both the summer and winter months.

“This partnership will provide learning opportunities to hundreds of young people to not only gain interest in the game, but more importantly benefit from the life-long lessons inherent to golf,” The First Tee Chapter Executive Director Andrew Bennett said.

The program is currently being utilized by more than 6,000 elementary schools. In the 2014-2015 academic year, Hoover and Franklin’s elementary and middle schools will participate. 

“The value of supplemental programs like this one is to alleviate the strain on district budgets while providing high quality character education instruction that incorporates the physical and emotional health of students is invaluable to our youth,” Superintendent Mark Mondanaro said. 

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