Area Youth Make Golf Course Improvements as part of “Live Green” Program

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The First Tee of Fort Smith will participate in a new environmental education course and improvement program called “Live Green!,” developed in partnership with The Toro Company and Audubon International. On October 6th, one hundred young people will have the opportunity to learn while making environmental enhancements to The First Tee of Fort Smith’s private 9-hole course.
“We are so excited and honored to be chosen as one of the nine national chapters to launch the “Live Green!” program. Through our Curriculum, teaching our kids to contribute to the health of the environment is just another step forward for our organization and we are so thankful to TORO and Audubon International for supporting this unique event.”  Said First Tee of Fort Smith’s Executive Director, Misty Lewis.
In addition to funding the program, Toro will teach young people participating about the science of caring for a golf course to both protect the environment and create healthy turf conditions.  Audubon International will work closely with The First Tee of Fort Smith to identify and recommend improvements at the course. They will also provide environmental education activities for the participants involved.
“Live Green!” brings attention to the environmental platform within The First Tee’s Nine Healthy Habits program. The Nine Healthy Habits is a framework for curriculum for nine health and wellness topics that participants are taught to follow both in the game of golf as well as in their personal lives. One of the wellness topics is community. The First Tee of Fort Smith encourages young people to explore the health of their community and discover how they can give back and care for the environment.
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