Linking The First Tee National School Program to the Course

How One Field Trip is Positively Impacting School Attendance PDid you know missing 10 percent of the school year in elementary grades can set many students up for future academic struggle, including a higher chance of dropping out in high school? Ten percent. That’s just 18 days a school year. The First Tee understands attendance during elementary school is a key indicator of academic success, which is why seeing chapters, like The First Tee of Charlotte come together with local schools, is something to be excited about. Charlotte_NSP 1By partnering with area elementary schools, the chapter hosts field trips for students to visit their program locations. “The field trips are important because it brings The First Tee National School Program full circle,” says Kaitlyn Jarman, marketing and events manager for The First Tee of Charlotte. “Each of the nine stations reinforces one of The First Tee Nine Core Values which makes the field trips attractive to the teachers and principals who strive to instill those values each day in their students.” Charlotte_NSP 2These field trips to the golf course have really high attendance by the students. One of the Charlotte schools implementing The First Tee National School Program has a history of low attendance rates. That school saw 100 percent school-wide attendance on the day of the field trip for the first time in its history. With The First Tee National School Program in more than 100 area schools, The First Tee of Charlotte chapter is reaching more than 50,000 young people annually. “The field trip component is a win-win for all those involved,” says Jarman. “It is an event that both the teachers and the students look forward to each year.” Charlotte_NSP 3