Not Far From Par Golf Program
Bergenfield Public School District
Last summer, the applicant, a school district, organized "Not Far from Par," a summer golf program for 16 middle and high school students in Bergen County, New Jersey. Based on feedback from parents, students, and the community, the program was a resounding success. Students improved communication, social and physical skills, and formed closer bonds with peers, siblings and parents. the community at large was introduced to the idea that children with autism can be successfully educated within the community. This project will expand the golf program for next summer to a minimum of 32 students. in addition, the golf program will offer a training program for general and special education teachers, both to help teachers interact more effectively with students on the autism spectrum, and to encourage other New Jersey schools to begin similar programs.