MISD launches new health and development program

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland ISD has paired up with a national program that uses the game of golf to teach important core values. It's called The First Tee and it'll be implemented at four elementary schools in Midland.

The First Tee is a health and character development program used at 10,000 schools across the country and will now be used in the tall city.

Greathouse elementary hosted a launch ceremony this afternoon.. They will soon use the program - as will General Tommy Franks Elementary, Burnet elementary and Washington STEM Academy.

"Its introducing kids that maybe have never had the opportunity to play golf, and of course on top of that comes the life skills that are part of their curriculum," said Bill Kirby, a First Tee leader.

Along with golf basics, the program focuses on teaching nine core values.  A few of which are honest,  integrity and sportsmanship.

In attendance, this afternoon was Judy Rankin, a world golf hall of fame member and current Golf Channel analyst, who feels this program could spark some interest in the sport here in Midland.

"I'm really thrilled to have this First Tee program here in Midland, its a big deal learning wise its a big deal sport wise. Its a big deal for the game of golf because it gets people at a very young age involved in the game. Usually, if somebody loves to golf in your family then everybody gets a little bit attracted to it," said Judy Rankin.

MISD is excited about this partnership, as they've seen that spark of excitement in their student's eyes.

"That's what we do right? That's what we're supposed to do it's what learning should be," said Orlando Riddick, MISD Superintendent.

The program will impact more than 1700 students at those four campuses. MISD hopes to expand First Tee to more schools in the future.

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