The Vermont First Tee National School Program Initiative impacts the lives of kindergarten through fifth graders by teaching a physical educational program that promotes character development and life-enhancing values through golf. The initiative is a statewide golf partnership started in 2008.
From Thanksgiving through Christmas, Stewart's Shops collected donations from their customers. The Stewart's Foundation has matched that amount reaching a total of $1,261,800. Holiday Match dollars are used for programs benefiting children 18 years and under.
The Stewart's Foundation Holiday Match grant will be used to partially finance twelve elementary schools participating in the First Tee National School Program for the 2010 school year: 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.
The 12 new schools join the 48 schools already taking part in the program.
Enrollment in the 60 schools participating in 2010 represents more than 10,000 physical education students.