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June 27, 2012

Fore a cause: Golf scramble benefits NA-FC schools and teachers

NEW ALBANY — If they slice, hook or need a mulligan, golfers can still make a hole in one for Floyd County schools next month.

The New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation’s fourth annual Play Fore Education Charity Golf Classic is on July 20. The event’s proceeds help fund the foundation’s Great Classroom Project, which gives teachers a chance to gain extra funding for their classrooms.

Tyler Bliss, executive director for the foundation, said last year’s event netted $60,000, but it’s already looking to bring in even more for the next school year.

But he said what the scramble does for schools and teachers is what’s really at the heart of the fundraiser.

“Our teachers in this area and everywhere are angels, they do so much for our children,” Bliss said. “They put in all this time and work extra hours, and on top of that, some of them pay hundreds and hundreds out of pocket for what can be seen as basic resources in their classroom.”

He said some teachers still have to buy books or other classroom needs — which is where the Great Classrooms Project comes in.

Teachers can apply for a $500 grant to use for anything they might need in the classroom. In the past, Bliss said teachers have purchased instructional DVDs, books, iPads and other supplies to supplement what they can do in the classroom.

“The sky’s the limit with these funds, we don’t really have any strict limit on what teachers can apply for,” Bliss said. “We really ask the teachers to be creative and it’s fun to see what they come up with.”

The scramble will be at Champions Pointe Golf Club at 1820 Champions Club Lane in Henryville.

The scramble allows for individuals or teams of four to sign up. A team costs $600 and individuals can register for $150. All participants will get a continental breakfast and lunch. Green fees and cart rental are included in the registration fee.

Morning tee-off starts at 8 a.m. and afternoon tee-off is at 1:30 p.m.

Bliss said golfers get a chance to spend a day on the green, but teachers get a chance to give more to their students.

“The teachers of the district have been so appreciative of this additional funding source because it allows them to do so much more,” Bliss said. “And it’s really making an impact. The success stories we’re hearing from this project are overwhelming.”

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