This fall when Carol Mathews, a Teacher Accreditation Program (TAP) trainer and President of Long Island Bridge For Youth, was soliciting schools to provide bridge education, she was hitting road blocks.
“I really need some fresh resources to show principals and school administrators that the School Bridge Lessons Series (SBLS) is not only fully supported by the ACBL, but also that the program is active and thriving nationally.”
To assist Carol and any other school bridge teachers facing the same challenges, a new infographic is available for download on the Resource Center. The new handout provides details of how the ACBL supports the SBLS and showcases why learning the game in a school environment is beneficial to both students and teachers. There is also space to provide your own contact information.
If you’re worried you have missed an opportunity by not getting in front of administrators before the start of fall semester, don’t fret! Carol says that November is actually the perfect time to visit schools and explain why bridge is a worthwhile activity for their students and how you can help.
“The beginning of a school year is a very busy time for principals, teachers and students,” says Mathews. “Once the fall sporting activities end, principals are more likely to be looking for activities, like bridge, that they can offer their students.”
Along with the new infographic, the September 2015 Bridge Bulletin article, “Exercising the Math Muscle” written by Sue Munday, is also available for download and print. After Robert Hartman gave a follow up to this story in this month’s “From the CEO” column, several teachers wrote to request the article be available for download.
“Whenever we can find proof of this program working in other schools, it helps us to at least try to get a foot in the door,” wrote Kathy Rolfe of Lake Winnebago MO.
In case you were wondering, Carol did find success with the Great Neck School District, and five schools have signed up for bridge instruction!