The New Hampshire Foundation for Teaching and Learning, NEA-NH’s charitable arm, hosted their tenth annual golf classic to benefit the Children’s Fund; a direct impact program, making a difference one child at a time.
The 2016 On Course Fore Kids Tournament featured 58 golfers taking part in an 18-hole best ball tournament on the links at Canterbury Woods in Canterbury, NH. The hot day proved no match for the golfers posting some of the best scores in the ten-year history of the tournament.
After completing the course, golfers were treated to a luncheon of BBQ favorites donated by the generous owners of the Smoke Shack.
Each year, prizes are awarded to the first, middle and last place teams – an honor that helps carry them through the year until the next tournament. This year’s last place team was stunned by the announcement.
“I really thought we did a lot better than last year,” stated last place team member and NEA-NH Executive Director, Rick Trombly. “There must have been a math error in the calculation of our score.”
“Not likely,” stated last place team member and NEA-NH Communications Director, George Strout. “I taught high school math for ten years. I’m pretty sure we added 18 numbers right.”
Other last place team members included Lonnie Bean, NEA-NH Production Specialist and NEA-NH President Scott McGilvray. This is the second year this foursome has golfed together in the tournament. They finished much closer to the middle of the pack last year.
According to Jeff Kantorowski, NHFTL President, the tournament took in more than $13,800 this year. “Everyone had a great time on the course. We’re hoping to attract even more golfers next year,” said Kantorowski.
Next year’s outing is set for July 20, 2017 and will be again at Canterbury Woods.
The Children’s Fund is ready to assist children and help them be ready to learn because a child’s physical, social or emotional needs should never stand in the way of classroom success.
NHFTL works to provide public school students with items and services needed for school success that are not provided by other agencies. Things like glasses, clothing, medical care, transportation and school supplies, to name just a few of the ways NHFTL has stepped in with emergency stopgap measures for New Hampshire’s public school children.
“The grant money the Fund uses comes from donations from people like you, and from fundraising events such as the annual Golf Tournament and Prize Calendar,” said Kantorowski. “The Children’s Fund has awarded more than $150,000 in grants, and the need remains high. We accept donations that can change a student’s life on our website, www.nhftlchildrensfund.com.”
Children’s Fund assistance is intended to meet immediate short term (not ongoing) needs, and should directly benefit the child. The level of assistance is based on need and availability of funds. The child must be a Public School Student or Pre-schooler and all requests are handled in confidence.
“Many times the classroom teacher, aide or guidance councilor is the first to notice if a child is in need. The Fund was created by educators for educators to use in assisting public school children in need,” added Kantorowski. “You can submit a grant application using our online form if you know of a child in need.”
Over the past few years the Fund has helped many children and families, including the mother and her children who left an abusive home in the middle of the night with just the clothes on their backs. The Fund provided clothing and toiletries so the children could attend school.
Or the high school student who had never been to the dentist, was in a great deal of pain and whose parents could not afford the cost of fillings. The Fund worked with other agencies to arrange dental care.
The Fund supplied gas cards to the mom who could not afford the cost of transporting her abused child to counseling.